You can never have enough pitching, and the Washington Nationals have taken that saying to heart, trading for southpaw Enny Romero. In return, the Nationals have given up 21 year old right hander Jeffrey Rosa.
In two full seasons of big league ball, Romero has been far from dominant. In 80 and 1/3 career innings, Romero has a 2-2 record with a 5.27 ERA and an ugly 1.58 WHIP. Romero has given up 82 hits over the 80 innings, meaning that he's essentially giving up a hit in every inning that he pitches. Not exactly a recipe for success.
Despite the subpar numbers, Romero does have some qualities that would entice a team looking for pitching depth. In those 80.1 innings of work, Romero has 81 strikeouts, and brings a 95-96 MPH fastball from the left side of the rubber. Romero is also only 26 years old, so there is definite time for him to improve and become a more effective pitcher.
The Nationals also didn't exactly have to pay a hefty price for him. At 21 years old, Jeffrey Rosa has not made it above rookie ball yet, and while he does record a lot of strikeouts as a starter, he also gives up a lot of hits and a pretty fair amount of walks. He may amount into an okay minor league pitcher, but it seems unlikely that he becomes a big leaguer.
It's been a pretty miserable offseason for the Nationals to say the least. They've been linked to almost every big name on the market from Chris Sale to Andrew McCutchen, and only wound up trading for Derek Norris, and selling the farm for Adam Eaton in a gross overpayment. The trade from Romero is a pretty innocent one that doesn't offer much of a risk and has some outside potential to be very rewarding.null