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Colome avoids arbitration

Jesus Colome, late last night, avoided arbitration with the Nationals. He agreed to a $1.25 million deal for 2008, and he'll earn $25,000 bonus if he pitches in 70 games, $25,000 more if he appears in 80 games.

That leaves four arbitration cases left -- Chad Cordero, Jon Rauch, Felipe Lopez and Tim Redding. (Sorry for the errors on my list yesterday.)

Last night's agreements:

John Patterson -- $850,000
Luis Ayala -- $1.7 million
Ryan Wagner -- $450,000

The non-tenders: Neither Nook Logan nor Mike O'Connor were eligible for arbitration. However, letting them go creates two spots on the 40-man roster, which had been full. So ...

... can we infer that the Nationals will go after some players non-tendered by other clubs? They have two spots. Someone like Mark Prior?

(I'll see what I can find out. However, this day is going to be a lot about the Mitchell Report, so Nats news might take a back seat.)

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 13, 2007; 10:46 AM ET
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Anyone been keeping track of these salaries and want to give us a running list?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | December 13, 2007 11:12 AM | Report abuse

It appears the Blue Jays are on the verge of signing SS David Eckstein. Do you think the Nats would have any interest in John McDonald, a strong defensive SS, who would get bumped to a bench spot?

Posted by: Brian | December 13, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Here ...

Posted by: Salaries | December 13, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Barry I have heard Prior is in the Mitchell Report. The only National I saw on the list was Aaron Boone.

Posted by: Bruce S | December 13, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Brady Anderson, Manny Alexander, Rick Ankiel, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Aaron Boone, Rafaeil Bettancourt, Bret Boone, Milton Bradley, David Bell, Dante Bichette, Albert Belle, Paul Byrd, Wil Cordero, Ken Caminiti, Mike Cameron, Ramon Castro, Jose and Ozzie Canseco, Roger Clemens, Paxton Crawford, Wilson Delgado, Lenny Dykstra, Johnny Damon, Carl Everett, Kyle Farnsoworth, Ryan Franklin, Troy Glaus, Rich Garces, Jason Grimsley, Troy Glaus, Juan Gonzalez, Eric Gagne, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi, Jose Guillen, Jay Gibbons, Juan Gonzalez, Clay Hensley, Jerry Hairston, Felix Heredia, Jr., Darren Holmes, Wally Joyner, Darryl Kile, Matt Lawton, Raul Mondesi, Mark McGwire, Guillermo Mota, Robert Machado, Damian Moss, Abraham Nunez, Trot Nixon, Jose Offerman, Andy Pettitte, Mark Prior, Neifi Perez, Rafael Palmiero, Albert Pujols, Brian Roberts, Juan Rincon, John Rocker, Pudge Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Scott Schoenweiis, David Segui, Alex Sanchez, Gary Sheffield, Miguel Tejada, Julian Tavarez, Fernando Tatis, Maurice Vaughn, Jason Varitek, Ismael Valdez, Matt Williams and Kerry Wood.

Posted by: Mitchell Report Leak | December 13, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

sorry from last thread:

another philosophical question for you all:

if PEDs were not illegal and they were used, why is it such a big deal? anabolics, were illegal in the U.S. but not the other stuff. so if its not illegal, and the game has no rules against it, what is the purpose of throwing players under the bus after the fact? that does not accomplish anything in my mind. if the players used after the testing began, then thats another thing entirely.

do i agree with steroids? no, it sucks. but thats not the question at hand.

Posted by: theraph | December 13, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Adam Everett, anyone?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | December 13, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

The two roster spots may also be used players acquired in trade or free agency (not just nontendered free agents) so there's that.

If they spend both spots on non-tenders, my preferences would be for Josh Towers and Adam Everett. But, I'm not sure either makes the team unless another trade goes down. For Everett to make the team, Guzman and/or Lopez would have to be moved. Bowden has indicated a reluctance to look for players that don't improve the offense. (An appropriate focus given the inability to score last year).

Also, I was glad to see Ayala get paid. And I was glad to see Patterson accept a modest salary. Ayala actually came back from his injury.

Posted by: NatBisquit | December 13, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Lot of brother pairs on the list: the Boones, the Giambis, the Consecos, Albert and David Bell (joke). But seriously, if you have a brother in the league you are like 800 times more likely to juice.

Posted by: Salty | December 13, 2007 11:44 AM | Report abuse

To Theraph -- What makes this list so disappointing is it damns just a handful of the total. It's a fair bet that more than half the the players were using steroids or HGH at one time. Just by way of example, look at Julio Franco, whose name is not on the list. Does anyone believe he got that body through clean living? Some of the names there, like Dykstra and Sammy Sosa, are no surprise. The radical changes in their bodies were obvious markers. But, there's many others in that category that didn't hit the list.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | December 13, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Fisch Fry, it's like fishing, you can't catch them all. Last night on TV they said something like 4,200 players had been in MLB since 1995 so 80 isn't so bad. But I think the ones named are the tip of the iceberg unfortunately.

Posted by: Bruce S | December 13, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the 80 named will encourage a REAL investigation with subpoena power

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | December 13, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

We signed Adam Everett

Posted by: Minnesota Twins | December 13, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

theraph, i see the steroid issue this way.

even if they were taking some steroids or PEDs that weren't illegal in the US or banned by baseball (altho i think that those substances aren't necessarily the bulk of what's being talked about here), the fact that they felt the need to hide their use of them shows that they knew it was considered wrong, whether morally, legally, or both. if it wasn't that big of a deal, they would have been open about their use.

people have tried to equate PED use to laser eye surgery or even tommy john surgery. but nobody's embarrassed to go through either of those procedures, nor do they hide it. so even of those substances were legal and not banned, why hide your use unless you know you're doing something wrong?

Posted by: 231 (other 506) | December 13, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

btw, some commentary on the "best" nontenders from mlbtraderumors (and i've deleted a couple who have been signed already).


Josh Towers can at least eat innings for someone. He'll be 31 in February. His control is incredible, but in turn he's very hittable. Throw him in a big NL park with a strong defense, he could post a sub-4.00 ERA.

Mark Prior, just 27, is one of the more intriguing names out there. He was drafted by the Yankees in '98 but went to college instead. Back in August, he was talking about being ready for Opening Day following April shoulder surgery. However he was supposed to be thinking about throwing around late October and I haven't heard anything about that. Four league months might from him might be the best case scenario. But he could be solid in 2009 if the shoulder is truly repaired.

Kiko Calero turns 33 in January. He was lousy in '07, but he had shoulder problems for much of the year and expects to be healthy for Spring Training. He was a solid reliever from 2003-06. 32 year-old Matt Wise isn't dominant but you could do worse for your sixth inning guy.

Akinori Otsuka turns 36 in January. Last we heard, he was throwing pain-free. If his elbow looks good upon review, he could be a nice late-inning addition hopefully on a one-year deal.

Emil Brown will be 33 years old soon. He never found his groove in '07 and may never again. But he had over 1,000 ABs of an OPS over .800 from 2005-06 and deserves a shot.

Kevin Mench, 30 in January, still owns lefties. With the right platoon partner, say, Shawn Green, they could do some damage.

Miguel Olivo and Johnny Estrada are the two viable free agent catching options. Both have shown the ability to be above average hitters for their position. Olivo gunned down 33% of attempted thieves, but Estrada was the worst in the game at 13%. Olivo, however, cannot get on base to save his life.

Morgan Ensberg, 32, hit 36 home runs in 2005. He's had injuries and plain ineffectiveness since, but he's worthy of consideration in a weak third base market. Another former Astro, Jason Lane, turns 31 soon. He can play all three outfield positions and socked 26 HR in '05. Maybe there was something in Houston's water that year.

Posted by: 231 (other 506) | December 13, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The players association agreed to ban performance-ehancing drugs in 2002. Selig did instruct Mitchell not to focus on evidence prior to 2002.


if the players used after the testing began, then thats another thing entirely.

Posted by: John in Mpls | December 13, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe they were drinking out of the Rocket's water bottle...

Witch hunt!


Maybe there was something in Houston's water that year.

Posted by: John in Mpls | December 13, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"Witch hunt!"


Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | December 13, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

New post.

Posted by: natsfan1a | December 13, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

We will tell if that leak is right. however, I count only about 18 pitchers, and others have reported ptichers will be more than half. Where is Mike Morse? Where is Turnbow? They both have been previously suspended for steroids.

Posted by: jon | December 13, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I thought I was the no-hit, good glove shorstop of the future.
We signed Adam Everett

Posted by: Minnesota Twins | December 13, 2007 12:21 PM

Posted by: Nick Punto | December 13, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Paul Lo Duca is one of the players named in the steroid investigation

Posted by: marylandnats | December 13, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

If they'd allowed for the time and money to index it, it would be much more accessible (my standard indexer's lament).


Let's put the Mitchell Report aside for a minute. (Of course, that would take a forklift. I've got a copy sitting here on my desk -- rather, sprawled all over my desk -- and let's just say it ain't the Reader's Digest version.)

Posted by: natsfan1a | December 14, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

marylandnats: just FYI, the LoDuca angle was mentioned/discussed in previous posts.

Posted by: natsfan1a | December 14, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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