Tagged: Josh Willingham

Marlins Trade Josh Willingham and Scott Olsen to Nationals

After the Holliday blockbuster last night, another trade has happened. The Marlins have traded Josh Willingham and Scott Olsen to the Nationals for second base prospect Emilio Bonifacio and 2 other minor leaguers, shortstop Jake Smolinski and pitcher PJ Dean. The Marlins needed to clear salary this offseason, and they have done that by trading Mike Jacobs, Willingham, and Olsen already. I’m going to say it right away: the Nationals won this trade by a large margin. Willingham is a solid left field option; Olsen is an OK #4 starter. They gave up only Emilio Bonifacio whom is probably going to become the Willy Tavares of second base, a middling pitching prospect, and a decent shortstop prospect. Finally, a good move by Jim Bowden. I have no idea what the Marlins were thinking on this trade. I’m not upset they traded Olsen; he had to go. I’m not thrilled with it but I can understand why they traded Willingham. I’m more angry that they didn’t get anything back they could use. Current second base prospect Chris Coghlan is just as good if not better than Bonifacio. With Hanley Ramirez locked in at shortstop, there’s no need for Smolinski. The pitching prospect is decent, but that’s all they could use in this deal. To me this was a waste of players by the Marlins. It was clearly a payroll motivated move. The two good things we can take from this is that the trading season has officially started, and that Jim Bowden is not mentally insane. At least, I don’t think so.

Trade Market

I am going to make a trade market post, where I put down all the meaningful players on the trade block. I will put this in order of how good the players are the same way I did it in the Free Agent Market series. There will be a link on the players I have done in my player market series. Any player already traded will be underlined. This will be a sidebar link.



  • Bengie Molina
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia
  • Gerald Laird
  • Kelly Shoppach (If the Indians keep Victor Martinez at catcher)
  • Ramon Hernandez

First Base

Second Base

  • Dan Uggla
  • Brian Roberts
  • Kelly Johnson (Only if Braves rebuild)


  • JJ Hardy
  • Jack Wilson

Third Baseman

Left Field

  • Matt Holliday
  • Rick Ankiel
  • Randy Winn
  • Josh Willingham
  • Juan Pierre

Center Field

  • David DeJesus
  • Rick Ankiel
  • Randy Winn
  • Juan Pierre

Right Field

  • Brian Giles (Only if the club option gets picked up)
  • Rick Ankiel
  • Randy Winn

Designated Hitter

Aubrey Huff

Starting Pitching

  • Roy Halladay (Only in the Blue Jays decide to rebuild)
  • Jake Peavy (Only if blown away)
  • Zack Greinke (Only if blown away)
  • Matt Cain (Only if blown away)
  • Nick Blackburn (Only for a good, young hitter)
  • Edwin Jackson (Only him or Sonnanstine)
  • Jonathan Sanchez (Only for a good, young, hitter)
  • Andy Sonnanstine (Only him or Jackson)
  • Scott Olsen

Relief Pitching

  • Huston Street
  • George Sherrill
  • Ron Mahay
  • Kevin Gregg
  • BJ Ryan


You can see there are not many so far. I will update this as I think of more.