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Wily Mo Traded

Wily Mo Pena was traded yesterday for cash and a player to be named later to the Nationals to clear room for Clay Buchholz. The rumor is the player to be named later is Chris Carter, who is not in the Washington organization right now, but the Diamondbacks. As of last week Chris Carter was #9 on Baseball America’s list of top 1B prospects. Also to be noted is #2 on the list is another Sox prospect, Lars Anderson. Carter his currently batting .328 with 18 home runs and 81 RBIs for Tucson, Arizona’s Triple-A affiliate.There is reason to excited by WMP’s potential, as the Red Sox were. As Rob Bradford gathered..Best season AB per HR ratio (20 HRs minimum, Age 22) Batter Year HR AB/HR Boog Powell 1964 39 10.87 Reggie Jackson 1969 47 11.68 Eddie Mathews 1954 40 11.9 Ted Williams 1941 37 12.32 Wily Mo Pena 2004 26 12.92 Harmon Killebrew 1959 42 13 Bob Horner 1980 35 13.23 Johnny Bench 1970 45 13.44 Joe Dimaggio 1937 46 13.5 Juan Gonzalez 1992 43 13.58 Wille Mays 1954 21 13.78 Mark Teixeira 2004 38 14.34 Earl Williams 1971 33 15.06 Jimmie Fox 1930 37 15.19 Rocky Colavito 1956 21 15.33 Manny Ramirez 1995 31 15.61“Like anything, if you don’t play, your timing is messed up. I’ve been there. I’ve experienced it. It’s not easy at all. I think it’s good for him to come back to the National League. There are too many off-speed pitches in the American League. I think he will do better here…There is way less pressure here than in Boston; he will find his way here. It will be good to have someone where the ballpark doesn’t matter to them.” –“Nationals manager Manny Acta said he plans to platoon Pena in left field with Ryan Church. “This guy has a lot of potential,” Acta said of Pena. “He has not been able to play a full season. We know he is going to strike out a lot. Power guys do that. We are very interested in his potential. We need a power bat in here and I think he is going to bring that over here.”It’s no secret that the Nationals have been disappointed in Church’s offensive production. Entering Friday’s action, Church was hitting .265 with 10 home runs and 48 RBIs, while struggling against left-handed pitching. Church has been on the trade block for many months, but Washington hasn’t come close to a deal. ” –

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