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WMP: Weapon of Mass Production?

First, thanks for keeping things in order over the weekend. I haven't looked at the comments from the last entry -- the breaking news that Nick Johnson won't play for the rest of the year (shocker) -- but I'm sure that little acquisition on Friday or Wily Mo Pena (shocker) spurred some discussion, no?

It's hard for me to know what to think here. I know this: It's a good thing Jim Bowden didn't bite on those ridiculous notion of Pena for Cordero or versions thereof over the winter. We know already where this leaves Langerhans (hello, designated for assignment). But where does it leave Ryan Church? For now, platooning. And who becomes the player to be named later?

As the excellent Gordon Edes wrote in Saturday's Boston Globe, he had a source with intimate knowledge of the deal say the player to be named is Chris Carter, a first baseman who has been trapped behind other talented young players in the Arizona system. But in order for that to happen, the Nationals would have to first acquire Carter.

How would this happen? Well, try out this theory: Maybe it has been delayed because Arizona wants relief help. And maybe the Nationals have offered Jesus Colome. And maybe the Diamondbacks want to know that Colome, out so long with that you-know-what, is healthy and can pitch effectively.

This is just a theory, but it's possible that if Colome comes through one or two outings in good health, Colome goes to Arizona, and Carter goes to Boston via Washington.

There are people within the Nationals' organization who would like to have Colome back next year. This would not prevent that, as he could still re-sign.

Good to be back. I've just landed in Houston. Will get you more from the ballpark.

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 20, 2007; 2:38 PM ET
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