That's better than the Pittsburgh deal, although I would rather include Beam OR Smith, not both. (The Nats do need bullpen help, however, having just sent it all to Cincinnati.) If they want both, they can send Stanton back to us or include Rauch (the latter of which they won't do.)Originally Posted by surge511
I'd really prefer not to give up either, but you have to give somethign to get something. Smith is a rookie at 27 who has been effective in a short stint with the Yankees, but it's a very small sample. Making his first ML appearances at 27, he's a late bloomer even for a pitcher, and pitchers tend to arrive a little later than hitters. Matt Smith's primary virtue is that he's lefthanded and under 30.
Fick is a solid lefty pinch-hitter who could be useful off the bench, and he plays 1B, DH, a little OF, and emergency catcher, although he currently serves as Washington's #2 catcher right now, so if the Yankees wanted to get him (and I am not opposed to that), they'd probably have to throw in someone like Koyie Hill or Wil Nieves so the Nationals would have a real backup catcher. Otherwise, their only backup is Matt LeCroy, and believe me, you'd rather have Fick behind the plate.
Livan seems to be the kind of guy who thrives in a pennant race but slumps when his team is out of it. Maybe Pinstripes would do him good. He certainly isn't any more of a gamble than Sir Sidney. And he's an innings eater, which reduces stress on the bullpen.