Spivey was supposed to replace the injured Jose Vidro, but Spivey ended up fracturing his right radius during batting practice and missed most of the season.
July 31, 2004:
Acquired right-hander Francis Beltran and infielders Brendan Harris and Alex S. Gonzalez from the Cubs as part of a four-team deal that sent shortstop Orlando Cabrera to the Red Sox.
Beltran has played only 11 games for the Expos/Nationals and is out for the season because of Tommy John elbow surgery. Harris has been in and out of the Major Leagues. He is not considered the third baseman or second baseman of the future for the Nationals. Gonzalez played in 35 games for the Expos before being dealt to the Padres on Sept. 16, 2004.
July 30, 2002:
Acquired right-handers Sun-Woo Kim and Seung Song from the Red Sox for outfielder Cliff Floyd.
Kim was in and out of the big leagues, as manager Frank Robinson hampered his confidence. Song never played a game for the Expos and was picked up by the Blue Jays.
July 11, 2002:
Acquired outfielder Cliff Floyd and infielder Wilton Guerrero from the Marlins for pitchers Carl Pavano, Graeme Lloyd and Justin Wayne and infielder Mike Mordecai.
After the team went into a tailspin and found itself out of the Wild Card race, Floyd lasted only two weeks with the team and was traded to the Red Sox. Guerrero was a bit player and appeared in only 44 games.
June 27, 2002: Acquired right-hander Bartolo Colon and right-hander Tim Drew from the Indians for first baseman Lee Stevens, infielder Brandon Phillips, outfielder Grady Sizemore and left-hander Cliff Lee.
Colon ended up winning 10 games for the Expos, but was traded to the White Sox after the season because of his hefty contract. Phillips, Sizemore and Lee have flourished in the big leagues.
July 31, 2001:
Acquired right-hander Tomo Ohka from the Red Sox for reliever Ugueth Urbina.
Ohka had one good year, going 13-8 with a 3.18 ERA in 2002, but he was inconsistent after that. He also missed most of the 2004 season because of a fractured right radius. Ohka was demoted to the bullpen in 2005, but he worked his way back into the rotation before being traded to the Brewers for Spivey on June 10, 2005.
July 31, 2001:
Acquired right-hander Zach Day from the Indians for center fielder Milton Bradley.
When healthy, Day was a quality starter in 2003 and 2004, but he spent a significant amount of time on the disabled list because of shoulder and finger problems. He is currently on the disabled list because of a sore right shoulder. It's uncertain if Day will be back with the Nationals next season.