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Trade Analysis: Olsen and Willingham

Scott Olsen (Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Nationals figured to be busy this off-season, as did the Florida Marlins. With that in mind, it probably shouldn't be a huge surprise that the two teams hooked up on a five-player deal. So, does the deal help the Nationals?

Anytime you can acquire a quality, left-handed starter, it's good news. Scott Olsen fits the bill on all of those fronts, having thrown 201 2/3 innings in 2008 and posting a 4.20 ERA with the Florida Marlins. In addition to Olsen, the Nationals also added a nice, potentially middle-of-the-order bat in Josh Willingham all in the same deal. Not a bad day's work. In exchange though, the Nationals... Recommended Stories

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