Did Ross Detwiler Hold Up A Potential Trade For Michael Bourn?

Most analysts seem to agree that the Atlanta Braves were the winners at the 2011 MLB trade deadline for acquiring center fielder Michael Bourn from the Houston Astros for a bunch of mediocre prospects. The Braves got a center fielder who gets on base and leads the league in stolen bases, all for a bunch of spare parts.

But what if I were to tell you that the Nationals had a legitimate shot at getting Bourn? What if I were to tell you that someone like Ross Detwiler held it up? You'd be mad, right? If so, get mad, because according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, that's exactly what happened.

This past Saturday, the Nationals had a chance to acquire then-Astros center fielder Michael Bourn, but Houston wanted left-hander Ross Detwiler to be part of any deal the two clubs make and Washington declined, according to a baseball source.

Ugh.

Detwiler's not horrible, but he's 25 and hasn't been very good as a starter. In the only year where he made more than 10 starts, he was 1-6 with an ERA of 5. Right now, he's a spot starter and long reliever. The Nationals really don't need him that badly. And yet, he was the one that held up a trade for Michael Bourn? Really?

At least you can defend not trading Drew Storen because he's good right now. Not trading Detwiler for Michael Bourn? That one's impossible to defend.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation DC

You must be a member of SB Nation DC to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation DC. You should read them.

Join SB Nation DC

You must be a member of SB Nation DC to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation DC. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.