This past Saturday, the Nationals had a chance to acquire then-Astros center fielder Michael Bourn, but Houston wanted left-hander Ross Detwiler to be part of any deal the two clubs make and Washington declined, according to a baseball source.
A couple of things ... first of all, wow. The Astros were really determined to get criticized for their return in the Bourn trade no matter which team they made the trade with. Did they really not value Bourn as highly as so many others around baseball seemed to have valued him? Well, except for the Natinals. Was Washington really not willing to give up 25-year-old pitcher Ross Detwiler -- a middle reliever and failed starting pitcher -- for an impact center fielder? Luckily, the Braves had an unproven mid-20's middle reliever of their own to give Houston in Juan Abreu.
I continue to consider this trade a laugher.