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Posted: 2/24/2012 7:57 AM

Around The Majors - Phils Activate Utley 


Figure it's about that time......especially with the Hot Stove thread at around 100 pages.  (Was it ever really all that "Hot" to begin with? noidea)

P.S. -- Feel free to break out any big-time news from here into its own "O/T" thread, by the way.



Weeks to be 100 percent?

4:32PM ET
Rickie Weeks | Brewers



Rickie Weeks
is an important part of what the Milwaukee Brewers are about. With Prince Fielder gone to Detroit, Weeks' bat becomes even more crucial.


Weeks battled back from ankle injury and Tom Haudricourt tweets that the second baseman is at about 95 percent.


Weeks could bat No. 3 in the lineup with Fielder gone or help protect Braun, who won his appeal Thursday and will not serve a suspension.


- Jason A. Churchill

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

Last edited 6/27/2012 2:52 PM by Walnutz15

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Posted: 2/24/2012 7:57 AM

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Roberts on track?

1:54PM ET
Brian Roberts | Orioles



If he was healthy, Brian Roberts would be the surefire starting second baseman for the Baltimore Orioles. He's an all-star talent who can hit, run, field and even hit for some power. His injuries, however, have prevented him from hitting the field of late and the club's second base situation isn't as clear as a result.


Roberts is making progress this month at the club's spring training complex in Florida, hitting off a tee and playing long toss. There still may be a chance he opens the season on the active roster, and Roch Kubatko tweets Thursday that the veteran will participate in the club's first full-squad workout Friday. That's a good sign.


Robert Andino
is likely the frontrunner to start at second on Opening Day if Roberts can't go. Meanwhile, general manager Dan Duquette says the team is in wait-and-see mode on the veteran second sacker.


Ryan Adams
and Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty could also get a look in spring training.


- Jason A. Churchill

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 2/24/2012 8:01 AM

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Nishioka on the hot seat?

1:38PM ET
Tsuyoshi Nishioka | Twins



A year ago, Tsuyoshi Nishioka was set to start the season as the starting shortstop for the Minnesota Twins. Offensive struggles, a serious injury and questions about his defense have changed things drastically. Now the import is simply looking to make the team, writes Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com.


The Twins went out and signed Jamey Carroll to man the shortstop position and Alexi Casilla is expected to handle second base. Nishioka played six games at second last year and 60 at shortstop.


Luke Hughes
is a candidate to earn time at second and Trevor Plouffe, who is being used in the outfield this spring, is another secondary option at shortstop.


Nishioka will also get some time at the hot corner this spring, in preparation for a true utility infielder role.


- Jason A. Churchill

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 2/24/2012 8:02 AM

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Oswalt to sit out?

1:25PM ET
Roy Oswalt | Phillies | Interested: Rangers?



UPDATE:
Oswalt, reports ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, has told teams that he is willing to sit out until mid-season, rather than take the best offer on the table right now.


Oswalt is clearly hoping an opportunity that is not open right now will present itself, preferably for a team in contention in June or July. Injuries happen and pitchers stuggle, so it's certainly not the worst plan ever, and it's worked in the past for other veterans.


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Roy Oswalt's long and bumpy free agent rode may finally be over.


Bob Garber, the agent for Oswalt, tells Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com his client will make an announcement Thursday, but would not disclose the nature of the news.


Oswalt has been linked often to the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals. Boston Red Sox sources said they did not know what Oswalt was planning to do, Edes reports, although one source said they still have interest in him.


Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider and MLB Radio on SiriusXM
tweeted earlier Wednesday that Oswalt would make a decision "soon."



 

Oswalt has let it be known that he wants to pitch for either St. Louis or Texas and that has put Garber in a bind, wrote Ken Rosenthal


Maybe there is a mystery team in the Oswalt sweepstakes. Either way, ESPN.com's Eric Karabell gives his take on Oswalt's fantasy value:


- Doug Mittler

 

Eric Karabell

Oswalt worth the risk

"I can't tell you Oswalt definitively will make 30 starts for whatever team he settles on for what figures to be a short-term contract. I can't tell you his ERA, WHIP and strikeout rate will bounce back to pre-2011 rates. However, I think he's certainly worth the risk in real life on a one-year deal as a No. 3 or 4 starter, and, for fantasy leaguers in standard (10-team) formats, I'd draft him among the top 50 starting pitchers. Then again, I might draft just one starting pitcher in the first 10 or 12 rounds, so he'd be the type of guy I'd be looking for in the second half of a draft. To me, Oswalt represents a good risk; from top 20 starting pitcher on draft day to potentially undrafted seems a bit crazy, even for a guy with a back injury. The skills are still there, and he's a proven commodity, and, unless something odd occurs, he'll be with a good team, which only helps his value."

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 2/24/2012 8:05 AM

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Some contract talks.....


Multi-year deal for Maybin?

1:18PM ET
Cameron Maybin | Padres



The San Diego Padres and centerfielder Cameron Maybin are still talking about a possible multi-year contract extension, reports Dan Hayes of the North County Times.


This is at least the second time this has come up since the end of the 2011 season, suggesting at least one side wants to get something done, and it appears both team and player are open to the notion.


Maybin had his best season as a big leaguer last year, hitting .264/.323/.393 with nine home runs and 40 stolen bases. He plays tremendous defense in center and won't be 25 years old until April. He'll be arbitration eligible for the first time after this coming season.


- Jason A. Churchill





New contract for Martin?

5:09PM ET
Russell Martin | Yankees



UPDATE:
Yeah, those talks we discussed earlier Thursday? They aren't going very well, Martin told reporters.

The catcher said the team wanted to do something contractually that isn't attractive to him as a player. If he hits the free agent market next offseason, he'll be among the very best backstops available, if not the No. 1 target. Arizona's Miguel Montero could be that guy if he isn't extended this season.


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The New York Yankees and catcher Russell Martin have talked about a three-year contract extension, reports Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com.


Martin, 29, agreed to a one-year deal worth just over $7 million for this coming season but the club has proposed replacing that with a three-year pact.


The veteran will hit free agency at the end of the year unless a multi-year solution occurs before then.


The Yankees do have catching depth in the minors, with Austin Romine the closest to the majors and both Gary Sanchez and J.R. Murphy a few years away. Murphy, scouts tend to believe, will have to move off the position. If Martin gets a three-year contract, Romine and/or Sanchez could become valuable trade bait.


- Jason A. Churchill





Molina talks back on

2:02PM ET
Yadier Molina | Cardinals



UPDATE:
Molina and the Cardinals have restarted contract talks, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Perhaps once both sides realized they were running out of time -- since Molina, and presumably the team, too, don't want this to become a distraction or negotiate during the season -- the two sides reengaged.


- Jason A. Churchill

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All-Star catcher Yadier Molina plans to borrow a page from the Albert Pujols handbook when it comes to negotiations on a contract extension.


Molina revealed this week that his agent has talked to the Cardinals about an extension, but those talks are on hold. The agent, Melvin Roman, tells Joe Strauss his client will not engage the club in talks during the upcoming season. Pujols used that approach last spring and ended up signing with the Angels over the winter.


Molina, a four-time Gold Glove winner who turns 30 in July, will be a free agent after the season and has no plans to give the Cardinals a hometown discount. He will make $7 million this year.


The Cardinals do not have a clear in-house alternative to Molina. Tony Cruz, who had all of 65 at-bats last season, is the backup. In fact, among their top 10 prospects, not one of them is a catcher.


- Doug Mittler






Zimmerman sets Friday deadline

7:17AM ET
Ryan Zimmerman | Nationals



It did not sound like an ultimatum, but Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman does not want to negotiate a new contract extension after Friday. The team will start full-squad workouts the next day and he does not want to become a distraction, reports MLB.com's Bill Ladson.


Zimmerman, a free agent after the 2013 season, has often stated his desire to spend his entire career in D.C., but there was little progress on a deal during the offseason. Ladson says Zimmerman's agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, was seen at the Nationals' spring training complex on Wednesday talking to general manager Mike Rizzo, so maybe something is in the works.


If and when the talks heat up, a point of comparison will be the eight-year, $160 million deal given by the Los Angeles Dodgers to Matt Kemp as well as the deals given to Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki.


Zimmerman will make $12 million this season and $14 million in 2013.

- Doug Mittler

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 2/24/2012 8:14 AM

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Halos downplay Abreu trade demand

9:11AM ET
Bobby Abreu | Angels



UPDATE:
Both Dipoto and Scioscia tried to downplay Abreu's trade demands from Venezuela, reports Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.



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One ripple effect of the Los Angeles Angels' signing of Albert Pujols appeared to be a ticket out of town for Bobby Abreu.



Abreu appeared expendable in Anaheim since the Pujols deal will push first basemen Mark Trumbo and/or Kendrys Morales to the designated hitter spot Abreu occupied for most of 2011. Angels GM Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia, however, have assured the 37-year-old that he will be given every opportunity this spring to win regular playing time.



If there is no everyday role for Abreu, then he wants to be traded, reports Enrique Rojas of ESPNLosAngeles.com. "I will not be on the bench knowing that I can play," Abreu said from his native Venezuela.

ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney says finding a new home for Abreu, who makes $9 million this season, won't be easy:



- Doug Mittler


 

Buster Olney

Finding a home for Abreu

"There aren't a lot of places for Abreu to go, because the general perception of him is that he no longer has the ability to play every day in the outfield, and most AL teams have filled their DH spots."

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 2/24/2012 8:22 AM

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Bullpen almost set in Miami?

8:55AM ET
Miami Marlins



A blockbuster offseason for the Miami Marlins could be followed by a relatively uneventful spring training, at least when it comes to the competition for roster spots on the pitching staff.


Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel hints that, barring injuries, the Marlins have their rotation and most of their seven-man relief staff in place.


Manager Ozzie Guillen wouldn't specify how many bullpen jobs are open. Rodriguez says it could be just one if the Marlins already have penciled in Heath Bell, Edward Mujica, Ryan Webb and Juan Carlos Oviedo, along with lefties Randy Choate and Mike Dunn. The role of long reliever is open following the departure of Burke Badenhop to Tampa Bay, and the leading candidates are Alex Sanabia, Wade LeBlanc and/or Chad Gaudin.


- Doug Mittler

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 2/24/2012 8:22 AM

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No bullpen for Teheran, Delgado

8:41AM ET
Atlanta Braves



If Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado fail to secure a spot in the Atlanta Braves' rotation, a consolation prize will not be a spot in the big league bullpen, reports David O'Brien of the Atlanta JC.


After stating over the winter that Teheran or Delgado would be bullpen candidates if they come up short in Grapefruit League play, manager Fredi Gonzalez changed course Wednesday and said the two needed to pitch as starters, in the majors or minors.


Teheran and Delgado will compete with Mike Minor for the fifth spot in the rotation. Two of the three are expected in the season-opening rotation with one filling in temporarily for Tim Hudson as he recovers from back surgery.


- Doug Mittler

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 2/24/2012 8:22 AM

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Pudge wants to be more than a backup

8:05AM ET
Ivan Rodriguez | Nationals



Ivan Rodriguez
, who faces an uphill battle in his quest for 3,000 hits. continues to be picky in his search for an employer.


Jon Heyman tweets Rodriguez has fielded a few inquiries, including one from the Diamondbacks, but continues to seek a job with chance for "real playing time."


The 40-year-old catcher needs 156 hits to reach the plateau that could all but assure a ticket to Cooperstown, but the opportunities too add to that total are limited. Pudge appeared in just 44 games for the Nationals last season and any job in 2012 will likely be in a similar type of backup role.


Rodriguez told the Associated Press Monday he isn't ready to retire and is working out daily.


- Doug Mittler

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 2/24/2012 8:23 AM

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Howard's ETA

7:41AM ET
Ryan Howard | Phillies



Ryan Howard
took live batting practice for the first time since rupturing his left Achilles tendon last October, reports ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.


Howard could return as early as May, and util then, Jim Thome, John Mayberry, Jr and Ty Wigginton will man first base, or at least that is the expectation.


It's interesting that skipper Charlie Manuel and Howard himself won't put an ETA out there, but wouldn't rule out Opening Day. Manuel said the idea is "still a reach" and Howard said he's not likely to play in games this spring, which mean he'll need most or all of April to get into game shape.


MLB.com's Hal Bodley says Wednesday's workout is a first step toward redemption.


- Jason A. Churchill

 

Jim Bowden

The questions for the Phillies

"We don't know when Ryan Howard will be back, if Jim Thome will be able to fill in at first base, or how left field will play out. Above all else is Cole Hamels's impending free agency. Can the club get him signed to a long-term contract between now and Opening Day?"

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 2/24/2012 8:24 AM

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Garland back on the market?

4:07PM ET
Jon Garland | Dodgers



The Cleveland Indians had inked right-hander Jon Garland to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, reported Ken Rosenthal via Twitter earlier this month. The signing never became official, however, because Garland had to first pass a physical. He skipped out on his physical appointment is no longer being considered by the Tribe, reports Paul Hoynes.


If the 32-year-old chose not to go because he didn't think he could pass, he's not likely to find work anytime soon. If there's another reason, we'd like to hear it.


Garland had rotator cuff surgery last summer but prior to the injury was a serviceable back-end starter, perhaps more. If and when he's healthy, some club will call.


- Jason A. Churchill

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 2/24/2012 8:25 AM

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GM believes Drew will be ready

1:28PM ET
Stephen Drew | Diamondbacks



UPDATE:
Drew, thinks GM Kevin Towers, will be "game ready" by Opening Day. Per a second tweet by Jon Morosi, Towers says Drew's recent workouts are encouraging, but that it's not out of the question just yet that the shortstop will need some minor league rehab time.


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The Arizona Diamondbacks are contenders in the competitive National League West, thanks to MVP candidate Justin Upton, all-star catcher Miguel Montero and good starting pitching. If shortstop Stephen Drew is healthy and back to form, they might be the favorites.


Drew, who fractured an ankle last summer, took ground balls at shortstop for the first time in about seven months, tweets Steve Gilbert. Barring any setbacks, he could be ready very early in the season with Opening Day not completely out of the question.


In Drew's absence, John McDonald and Willie Bloomquist are the most likely candidates to play short.


- Jason A. Churchill

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 2/24/2012 8:27 AM

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Hate that Wiggy is a Phillie. Another player I always loved that I have to root against now, what a shame.

Would be very surprised if Howard makes it back by May. Achilles injuries are so tough to come back from. Not to mention, when you watch his swing and see a 1Bman stretch, a lot of strain is put on the back of the ankle. Will be very interesting to watch.
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Posted: 2/24/2012 10:03 AM

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Woof.

Jenks had surgery to remove bone spurs in his back on Dec. 12 at Massachusetts General Hospital and was back home in Phoenix a few weeks later when he noticed the incision in the middle of his back was leaking some kind of fluid.

The Red Sox pitcher bandaged it up himself and first thought nothing of it. But the problem didn't subside, so he visited a doctor and was rushed into emergency surgery on Dec. 30 to repair "a mistake" that Jenks said could have been a life-threatening situation.

"It was pretty serious," he recalled Thursday at training camp.

Jenks also was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism last September, and because of that issue he had to wait until December to undergo back surgery. Leading up to the surgery, he was working out and trying to get as physically strong as he could so his body could handle the procedure.

But Jenks was not expecting to have two surgeries.

"I don't know whose fault it was, but there was an error done inside," he said. "I had four bone spurs on my spine and we talked about taking the top two out. The third one was started but not finished, so basically there was a serrated edge that sliced me open in two different spots and I was leaking spinal fluid. (The spur) pulled off the bottom of my incision and blew up on me, which caused an infection to climb up that incision and now I had an infection in my spine. It was a combination of 'everything that could have gone wrong went wrong.'


"If I didn't have it done immediately, the infection could have gotten into my spinal fluid and up to my brain, and who knows what could have happened then? I could not be here right now.


http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/...nks-feared-life

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 2/24/2012 10:10 AM

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Walnutz15 wrote:
Woof.

Jenks had surgery to remove bone spurs in his back on Dec. 12 at Massachusetts General Hospital and was back home in Phoenix a few weeks later when he noticed the incision in the middle of his back was leaking some kind of fluid.

The Red Sox pitcher bandaged it up himself and first thought nothing of it. But the problem didn't subside, so he visited a doctor and was rushed into emergency surgery on Dec. 30 to repair "a mistake" that Jenks said could have been a life-threatening situation.

"It was pretty serious," he recalled Thursday at training camp.

Jenks also was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism last September, and because of that issue he had to wait until December to undergo back surgery. Leading up to the surgery, he was working out and trying to get as physically strong as he could so his body could handle the procedure.

But Jenks was not expecting to have two surgeries.

"I don't know whose fault it was, but there was an error done inside," he said. "I had four bone spurs on my spine and we talked about taking the top two out. The third one was started but not finished, so basically there was a serrated edge that sliced me open in two different spots and I was leaking spinal fluid. (The spur) pulled off the bottom of my incision and blew up on me, which caused an infection to climb up that incision and now I had an infection in my spine. It was a combination of 'everything that could have gone wrong went wrong.'


"If I didn't have it done immediately, the infection could have gotten into my spinal fluid and up to my brain, and who knows what could have happened then? I could not be here right now.


http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/...nks-feared-life
A few of the guys available make me nervous about our ability to trade someone like Pelfrey.  Why give up a prospect when someone like Oswalt or Garland will only cost money?
Mets trade away reigning CY Young award winner.
Still have the best pitcher in Baseball.
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Posted: 2/24/2012 1:00 PM

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really good job by the Yankees on the Aardsma signing... they're taking such a low risk.  I can't believe every other team in baseball ignored him at these numbers...

With their offseason shopping essentially complete, the Yankees splurged for one more reliever earlier this week, signing David Aardsma to a one-year contract with a club option for 2012. The terms are hilariously team friendly, as the right-hander will make just $500,000 in 2012 with another $500,000 in available incentives. The option is also worth $500,000 as well, and any incentives he earns in 2012 will raise his 2013 salary by the same amount. At most, they’ll have to pay him $2 million over the next two years after he made $4.5 million in 2011 alone.

"Maybe it's time to make some moves."  - Sandy Alderson
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Posted: 2/24/2012 1:21 PM

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Granted, Aardsma's one of those "sign and monitor" deals - but in relation to the other deals for relievers...I don't think you can look at it any other way than "Alderson overpaid" this winter.

Maybe someone will step up and perform to the level of their financials, but in looking at things now - a ton of relievers signed for reasonable deals.

We'll see what happens.

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 2/25/2012 7:21 AM

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Not sure if this has been posted already but I noticed the other day that Mike Cameron has decided to retire after 17 seasons. Always was a fan of his. seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...880_base20.html
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Posted: 2/26/2012 10:42 AM

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Jon Heyman @ JonHeymanCBS

Zimmerman gas $126M guaranteed now, with potential of $150M if option for 2020 is exercised

 

Jon Heyman @ JonHeymanCBS

early take is, zimmerman got too much. said 1 competing exec: "seems like they have 2 $100M contracts but no $100M players."    laugh.gif


 

 

 


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Posted: 2/26/2012 10:59 AM

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The Nats front office is extremely overrated. They lucked up being the worst team in baseball preceding two great drafts. That's about the extent of it. Their big league moves have largely been under productive.
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