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Lobby buzz

Sorry I've been away for so long. Let me explain a little about the lay of the land and the flow of a day. This hotel is a complete labyrinth, with a few lobbies and more nooks and crannies than a Thomas' English muffin. Hard to be guaranteed to see anyone anywhere, and the reporting at this thing relies on lots of chance meetings, etc. You get kind of paranoid when you're not in the lobby.

So what have we gleaned this morning? A few things.

We'll meet with Jim Bowden at 5 p.m. Eastern time, and it sounds like there will be some news. He and Stan Kasten indeed had an off-site meeting this morning. Trying to pin down the substance on this one -- and am getting somewhere. Have an idea but need to make some calls.

Other things to think about: The Nats could break into the Japanese market with a right-handed reliever named Kazuo Fukumori, who is coming off elbow surgery -- not Tommy John, but some bone chip removal, I believe. That would make sense if Cordero is going to be traded, which one person told me this morning is "a solid bet."

Starting pitching: Keep in mind the reclammation projects, Jason Jennings and Matt Clement and Brett Tomko, etc. I think they'll head for one of those and are certainly keeping in touch with agents for those type of players.

Will try to get this thing pinned down before news comes out.

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 3, 2007; 2:07 PM ET
 
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Barry - Cincinnati.com is reporting a possible Rays-Nats deal (http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/spring/2007/12/monday-at-opryland.asp)

Dukes? Edwin Jackson? Felipe Lopez?

Posted by: Brian | December 3, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

What about Fukudome? Is he still in the picture?

Posted by: Juan-John | December 3, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I'll be interested to see exactly what they are able to get for Cordero. Everyone seems to keep poo-pooing his value, but we just traded 2 mediocre players for a high-ceiling 22 year old, so I have faith in Jimbo at this point.

Posted by: 9cherries.com | December 3, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

From the previous thread: catchers know a lot about pitcher's mechanics. Although they usually make better managers, catchers have become good pitching coaches. A great example is Dave Duncan with the Cardinals. He's done a great job for LaRussa is STL and Oak.

I'm not ready to throw in the towel though on Schneider returning as a player. When his contract runs out in 2009, he'll make a great good field/light hit LH hitting back up

Good to see the Nats breaking into the international market. DC should be a natural for foreign players with our cosmopolitan make up.

Posted by: #4 | December 3, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

wow, i think it's interesting to have photos of your reporters/columnists on your site, but is this really the best they can do for the poor guy who wrote the column (trent rosecrans) brian referenced?

http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/blogphotos/rosecrans_160x464.jpg

ouch...

Posted by: 231 (other 506) | December 3, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

MLBtraderumors.com has Dukes coming to the Nats.

Posted by: #4 | December 3, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

This web site has the story. Both the Rays and Nats have 5 PM news conferences scheduled.

http://blogs.tampabay.com/rays/2007/12/dukes-to-nation.html

Posted by: #4 | December 3, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

from the cincinnati article mentioned above:

Actually, my man Nick from Arizona said the D-Backs-White Sox deal is done. Carlos Quentin to the White Sox for Chris Carter, a first baseman who was in low A last year.

hmm.. and carter is who we got from arizona for fruto that we traded to boston for wily mo. if we could have gotten quentin via the white sox for fruto instead of wily mo... i may have been a lot happier with that one...

Posted by: 231 (other 506) | December 3, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Hoo-Boy. If it's really Elijah Dukes, this blog's going to be in flames. Buck sez 100 comments by 5:45.

Posted by: NatsNut | December 3, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

re: dukes...

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There is only circumstantial evidence, including word that Nationals GM Jim Bowden was overheard on his cell phone yesterday at the airport talking to someone named "Elijah.'' And both teams have scheduled announcements at 5 p.m. Plus, the deal would explain why Dukes, the troubled outfielder, hasn't played since his latest eruption after being ejected from a Dominican League game on Thursday night.

Posted by: 231 (other 506) | December 3, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

i'd probably rather get wade davis at pitcher, or reid brignac at shortstop. that would be unlikely though. i know last april or so i was ready to trade cordero for dukes.

sure seems like the troubled youth stud athlete are where the bargains are at this year...


by the way. last years baseball america take on dukes:

Elijah Dukes, of Born: June 26, 1984 • B-T: B-R • Ht: 6-2 • Wt: 240
Drafted: HS--Tampa, Fla., 2002 (3rd round) • Signed by: Kevin Elfering
Background: Dukes got off to a strong start in big league camp when he hit .400 in 20 at-bats. Already the owner of a dubious track record of on- and off-field behavior, he continued to self-destruct once the season began, however, getting sent home on two occasions after run-ins with his manager, teammates and an umpire. He finished the season on a 30-game suspension but returned to the field in the Arizona Fall League.

Strengths: A phenomenal athlete who was a top college football prospect as a linebacker, Dukes has made progress honing his skills and improving his overall knowledge of the game. He's one of the strongest players in baseball and also has the ability to control the strike zone. He combines his above-average speed and an aggressive approach to shine on the basepaths and in the outfield. He also has a strong arm, adding to his right-field profile.

Weaknesses: Dukes' ceiling is limited only by his outbursts, a major shortcoming that has led to problems on and off the diamond dating back to high school. Though parts of his game are still somewhat rough around the edges, he can make up for small deficiencies with sheer talent. His biggest problem at the plate comes when he tries too hard to hit for power.

The Future: Dukes is at a crossroads. A change of scenery may be in order, and Tampa Bay is loaded with outfielders, precipitating Dukes getting some work at first base in the AFL. If he can stay focused and control himself, he could develop into an impact player.

Posted by: longterm | December 3, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

First reaction - Please - NOT Dukes.

As much as I love the talent, I don't want to be the Cincinati Bengals of baseball. Taking a chance on Milledge is one thing, but taking 2 chances is another.

Milledge made some bad choices. I can understand that from a kid who has probably already been "immortalized" all his life. They were stupid decisions, but seemingly not predatory. Dukes record is much more than that. Please , not Dukes.

Posted by: roman1735 | December 3, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

maybe we should just swap milledge for garza. a delayed 4-way.

Posted by: longterm | December 3, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

New post.

Posted by: Hendo | December 3, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Was Ayala coming off bone chip surgery before the World Baseball Classic?

Posted by: Sect 422 | December 3, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

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