The 2010 playoffs are officially underway, with the Rangers taking on the Rays at Tropicana Field down in Tampa. And a quick look at the rosters shows plenty of Nationals connections in the postseason. Here’s a quick rundown:
Yankees: Outfielder Austin Kearns, who was traded to New York in August after signing with Manny Acta’s Indians before this year, could start in left field for the Yankees. First baseman Nick Johnson was also with the team this year, though he is on the disabled list.
Twins: Matt Capps, of course, is closing games for Minnesota, who acquired him from the Nationals on July 29 for Wilson Ramos. He’s replaced ex-National Jon Rauch as the Twins’ closer.
Rangers: Cristian Guzman, the other player the Nationals traded away at this year’s deadline, was left off the Rangers’ postseason roster after hitting .152 for the Rangers in 15 games.
Reds: Left-hander Bill Bray is still pitching out of the Reds’ bullpen. He is the only member of the six-player trade, July 2006 trade between the Nationals and Reds that is still with either team; Kearns, Felipe Lopez and Ryan Wagner, of course, have all left the Nationals.
Phillies: Brian Schneider, the Nationals’ catcher from 2005-07, backs up Carlos Ruiz for Philadelphia.
There are also a few ex-Expos in the postseason, most notably Rangers starter Cliff Lee and Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, who went to Cleveland with Grady Sizemore in the now-famous Bartolo Colon trade in 2002. Omar Minaya, the Expos’ GM at the time, was coincidentally just fired by the Mets.
And of course, there’s the possibility of the Nee’ Senators ALCS, in which the Twins could face the Rangers in a matchup of the two teams that moved out of Washington.