So the new management of the Nats made a big splash tonight swinging the first big trade of the Summer (Aubrey Huff doesn’t count ‘Stros fans) Here are the particulars:

Nationals Get: Austin Kearns, Felipe Lopez, and Ryan Wagner
Reds Get: Gary Majewski, Bill Bray, Royce Clayton, Brendan Harris, and Daryl Thompson

“We paid a steep price,” Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said. “I’m sure this will be a controversial trade. I know a lot of people will be leaving nasty messages on my voicemail, and I’ll have some who think it’s great.”

Ummm yea. You’re damn straight you paid a steep price! The Reds bullpen was horrible, but you are going up against the Cardinals….you’re not going to catch them. You gave up Austin Kearns who’s a power hitter who’s coming into his own at only 26 years old. You gave up Felipe Lopez who is 26 also, 4th in the NL in steals, and an All Star last year. And you also gave up a former #1 Draft Pick.

And what did you get? A righty and lefty reliever of average nature. Both are really young and haven’t proved anything. You get a 36 year old shortstop (obviously to fill the void that was the elderly Barry Larkin). And two random with a total of 27 games in the majors between them (Harris-27, Thompson-0).

So you think Bowden was getting back at his former team or what? A deal like this was probably worked out in his severance package when they let him go.

P.S.- Ponson is now a yankee, and as an Orioles fan…..I couldn’t be happier for the Yanks.