Lo Duca: The day ahead
It's possible that the Lo Duca deal will be finalized today after he completes his physical. But if you want a thorough breakdown, you must read Boz this morning. When I talked to Boz yesterday, he was positively giddy over this move. And he got some great stuff from Tom Glavine on Lo Duca.
I suggested to Boz that this may be the last piece for the 2008 team. He got the sense that more was possibly in the offing, perhaps a major trade for a middle infielder. Put it this way: The Nationals would like to do that, as he suggests with Brian Roberts and I heard last week concerning Khalil Greene. Doesn't mean it'll happen, but it's also clear that Jim Bowden doesn't sit on his hands -- ever.
(Oh, and if you want the meat-and-potatoes news story, please click there.)
The Nationals are bringing Lastings Milledge and Manny Acta into town today for a little media meet-and-greet, and Sheinin will attend for us, as I'm otherwise occupied. It would make sense that they'd announce the signing at the afternoon gathering, but we'll see.
Also: We should get word soon about the March 30 Sunday night opener. Last I heard it's still on track to be Nationals and Braves at Nationals Park.
One more thing I keep forgetting to slip in: The Nationals will also announce a realigned minor league coaching staff at some point. John Stearns, who managed at Class AAA Columbus last year, will almost certainly move to Class AA Harrisburg, where he'll manage the most important Nats team -- one that might have Chris Marrero, Justin Maxwell, etc. Harrisburg was one of the worst teams in the minors last year. That won't be repeated.
Tim Foli, the former Class AAA manager who took on a roving role last year, would move back to the Class AAA manager again. Tommy Herr is out at low-Class A Hagerstown, but I'm almost sure Randy Knorr will be back at Class A Potomac.
That's it for now.
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