Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on the eve of the trade deadline; in-game trades + more…

Ehire To Atlanta:

It wasn’t the commerce everybody was ready on, however the Washington Nationals kicked off this yr’s sell-off of expiring contracts with a deal which despatched veteran Ehire Adrianza over to Atlanta in trade for 26-year-old outfielder Trey Harris, who was ranked at 29 on MLB Pipeline’s listing of the Braves’ prime prospects earlier than the deal. As soon as the deal was introduced, the Nats chosen the contract of infielder Ildemaro Vargas, who will step into Adrianza’s position.

“He’s — should you have a look at each these guys and what they’ll do, Vargas is the same participant to Adrianza,” supervisor Davey Martinez defined earlier than final evening’s sport.

“He’s a switch-hitter. Man, he can choose it, I imply, he can play all three infield positions and play them nicely. Like I mentioned, he’s a switch-hitter, and he was doing nicely in Triple-A with simply with the ability to catch the ball, so he’d be a pleasant man to have right here as nicely, simply if we want him to play anyplace within the infield, he can do it, and like I mentioned, he’ll play some in all places and we’ll hopefully get him in there as quickly as we will.”

Martinez, was, after all, requested why the membership opted to deliver up a 31-year-old journeyman infielder over a youthful participant within the group for the rebooting ballclub.

“I believe it’s extra the roles, the roles that they play,” he mentioned. “We don’t need to deliver up any of our younger, younger guys in the event that they’re not going to play daily. The rationale why we introduced Luis [García] after we did is as a result of we felt like he was going to get a chance to play daily, which he has. For a few of these veteran guys, I believe they’re extra apt to regulate to a task like that and have the ability to come off the bench and assist us in numerous methods.

“For us, after we talked about who we should always deliver up, we thought Vargas must be the man as a result of he can do a number of issues.”

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Parting with Adrianza, Martinez mentioned, the primary thought was he wished he’d had an opportunity to see the veteran infielder play extra, although an harm on the finish of Spring Coaching saved him on the IL till early June.

“I talked to Ehire,” Martinez advised reporters. “He will get a chance to return to the place he was from, and go assist them, they’re within the playoff run, so I’m excited for him to get to return there. I want I’d have seen extra of Ehire right here, as a result of I do know the sort of participant that he’s. He acquired off to a sluggish begin, and I actually imagine it’s as a result of he was injured.

“He had a nasty harm together with his quad, and he actually couldn’t get going, however I cherished having him. He was a relentless skilled, and I do know I might rely on him to go on the market and doing no matter I requested him to do it doesn’t matter what. So I needed him all one of the best and advised him and I mentioned, ‘Possibly we’ll cross paths once more right here sooner or later quickly.”

As for the return from the Braves in Harris?

“We get an outfielder again that was 29 on their prospect listing and I noticed the place ‘19 he truly had a very good yr,” Martinez mentioned, “and clearly we had the COVID yr, and he’s sort of bouncing again, I do know he’s in Double-A, however he nonetheless has some upside.

“So, we’ll see how that works out, however I imply, that is the primary one, and who is aware of what’s going to occur within the subsequent 48 hours, so we’ll see, however like I mentioned, at present is enterprise as traditional, we acquired to go on the market and play the Mets, who’re coming in scorching, play one other previous Nationwide in Max [Scherzer], so we acquired to go on the market and compete.”

2019 Was 10 Years In the past, It’s Maths:

Okay, 2019 wasn’t that way back, but it surely looks like longer than it’s been for the reason that Nationals gained all of it in ‘19, even to the supervisor within the nation’s capital who helped deliver a title again residence to D.C. for the primary time since 1924.

“It looks as if a really very long time in the past, it does,” Martinez acknowledged. “I typically — so I’ve acquired this room in my home now, and it’s filled with all sort of good issues I’ve collected since I’ve been right here, and loads of it’s from ‘19, so I typically go down there after video games and sit down there and sort of reminisce, and have a look at all of the photographs and stuff, and it sort of says, ‘Hey, okay, it doesn’t matter what occurs, the aim is to get again there, proper?’ So daily I’ll go down there, I’ll choose myself up and say, ‘Hey, you already know, sooner or later we’re going to get again there. And simply maintain these reminiscences intact and go on the market and do your greatest to get these guys to play as laborious as they’ll.”

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There was loads of dropping, earlier than and particularly for the reason that reboot started, and it hasn’t been straightforward in any respect for the supervisor in D.C.

“I hope you guys by no means have a look at my face after a sport, after we lose as a result of that’s a [telltale sign],” he mentioned. “It’s irritating. It truly is. I’ve been on groups the place we competed, we gained, we went to playoffs, and it’s irritating, however, hey, for me, it’s like I say daily, ‘Hey, it’s a course of,’ and I’ve acquired to actually stick with the method, and perceive what we’re doing right here, and transfer ahead daily, and attempt to get a little bit bit higher daily, so I get it.

“We did some good issues, this group did some good issues for lots of years, we lastly gained in ‘19. I believe ‘20 damage us lots. And right here we’re.

“We’re going to battle again, and we’re going to get again, and we’re going to be a playoff staff ahead of later.”

In-Recreation Trades:

Davey Martinez was traded 5 occasions in his 16-year profession within the majors, and he’s had his gamers traded away now in his time as a supervisor, so he is aware of what it’s like for gamers at the moment of yr.

As he advised reporters on Monday, he’s even been traded from one dugout to a different as he was the ultimate time he was dealt within the 2000 marketing campaign.

“I acquired traded in-game,” he mentioned. “I went from one dugout to the opposite. I used to be with Texas, and as quickly because the final out was made, Johnny Oates grabbed me and mentioned, ‘Hey, we simply traded you.’ And I believed, that was the third time that yr, and I mentioned, “The place now.’ And he mentioned, ‘You’re going — not far.’

“And I believed, ‘Nicely, what’s near Texas.’ And he mentioned, ‘You’re going to the opposite dugout. You’re going to Toronto.’ And I mentioned, ‘That’s far. From Texas to Toronto, I don’t care what you suppose.’ And he mentioned, ‘Nicely, you already know what I imply.’”


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Even the fifth time it occurs, it’s not straightforward.

“It’s laborious,” Martinez mentioned. “Like, you’re like, ‘Wow, I acquired to go to the clubhouse now and say bye to everyone I used to be there with and go to the opposite facet, and play for one more staff the following day in opposition to the staff you have been simply with. However I by no means needed to do it as a supervisor, thank goodness.”

However by no means say by no means, you already know.

“When it does occur it’s going to be sort of bizarre that it’s a must to take someone out of a sport and inform them that, ‘Hey, you’re going some place else.’ I’ve seen it occur, and it’s sort of troublesome, you already know, however like I mentioned, on this sport, whenever you suppose you’ve seen all of it, you actually haven’t, so we’ll see what occurs over the following [24] hours.

“After which we’ll go from there. Actually, I can sit proper right here, and I can inform you proper now, I didn’t sleep final evening, and are available 6:02 on Tuesday, I’ll be relieved no matter what occurs, after which we’ll do all of it once more right here the following go-around.”