The Arizona Diamondbacks have been desperately seeking bullpen help and it appears the Washington Nationals have decided to provide some. The Diamondbacks have agreed to 23 year old send second baseman Emilio Bonifacio to the Nationals in exchange for right handed reliever Jon Rauch.
The 29 year old reliever has been closing for the Nationals and should provide some stability to an injury depleted Diamondback ‘pen. The Nationals, on the other hand, get a speedy young player that will be under team control for several years to come at a reasonable price.
To be honest, I’m a bit surprised that Bonifacio was all the Nationals demanded. Rauch had been rumored to be drawing interest from other contending teams including the Tampa Bay (No longer Devil) Rays and the Boston Red Sox. While the young speedster does show some promise, he wasn’t rated in the top 5 prospects in the Diamondback organization and Rauch is signed through 2010 so salary wouldn’t have been a concern.