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The one that got away -- and Where are they now?

What if Austin Kearns had snared Carlos Lee's liner? What if Luis Ayala had wasted an 0-2 pitch? What if Lastings Milledge could break right on Lance Berkman's ball in the seventh? What if Saul Rivera didn't balk? What if Lance Berkman hadn't gone 5 for 5 -- and stolen two bases?

Things to consider after a 6-5 loss. Homers from Nick Johnson, Aaron Boone and Kearns. Four one-run leads -- all lost.

Ick. I'll leave it at that, and remind you that I have a chat at 2 p.m. (eastern) today, live from somewhere on Westheimer Road in sprawling Houston. (I'd also point out that the notebook has some idle speculation that Jason Bergmann could replace Matt Chico in the rotation on Friday.)

Enough of that. Let's play a little game that we did a few times last year. More than 30 games into the season, it seems about the right time to see how all those former Nationals are doing these days. Not sure this will be completely comprehensive, but I'll try to go from Albaladajo through Wilkerson (leaving out people like Brandon Watson, etc., who are in the minors, or Terrmel Sledge, who's playing in Japan).

Jonathan Albaladejo, RHP, New York Yankees (Washington, 2007, traded for RHP Tyler Clippard): 5 G, 10-1/3 IP, 12 H, 3 BB, 11 K, 5.23 ERA, sent to minors April 18, called back up April 25

Marlon Anderson, IF/OF, New York Mets (Washington 2006, traded to Dodgers for RHP Jhonny Nunez): .174/.208/.304, 1 HR, 2 RBI

Gary Bennett, C, Los Angeles Dodgers (Washington 2005): .143/.200/.143, 0 HR, 0 RBI, only six games as Russell Martin's backup

Micah Bowie, LHP, Colorado (Washington 2006-07): 10 G, 8 IP, 11 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 9.00 ERA, on disabled list since April 22 with left forearm strain

Bill Bray, LHP, Cincinnati (Washington 2006, traded to Reds in Kearns/Lopez deal): 4 G, 4 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA, sent to minors May 5

Marlon Byrd, OF, Texas (Washington, 2005-06, designated for assignment after '06): .129/.250/.258, 0 HR, 1 RBI, on disabled list April 17 with left knee problem

Jamey Carroll, IF, Cleveland (Washington, 2005, traded to Colorado for cash): .216/.396/.270, 0 HR, 3 RBI with 11 starts

Endy Chavez, OF, New York Mets (Washington, 2005, traded to Philadelphia for Marlon Byrd): .194/.275/.222, 0 HR, 0 RBI

Ryan Church, OF, New York Mets (Washington, 2005-07, traded to Mets with Brian Schneider for Lastings Milledge): .310/.378/.478, 4 HR, 22 RBI, and no Met has a higher average

Armando Galarraga, RHP, Detroit (never appeared for Nationals, traded with Brad Wilkerson and Terrmel Sledge to Texas for Alfonso Soriano): 4 GS, 2-1, 24 IP, 13 H, 8 BB, 15 K, 1.88 ERA

Jose Guillen, OF, Kansas City (Washington, 2005-06, left as free agent, compensation pick turned into LHP Josh Smoker): .165/.198/..306, 3 HR, 15 RBI

Brendan Harris, IF, Minnesota (Washington 2005-06, traded to Cincinnati in Kearns/Lopez deal (then subsequently dealt to Tampa and then to Twins): .217/.315/.390, 2 HR, 7 RBI and is starting second baseman

Livan Hernandez, RHP, Minnesota (Washington, 2005-06, traded to Arizona for LHP Matt Chico and RHP Garrett Mock): 7 G, 4-1, 42-2/3 IP, 53 H, 9 BB, 17 K, 4.43 ERA

Gary Majewski, RHP, Cincinnati (Washington, 2005-06, traded to Reds in Kearns/Lopez deal): pitching only at Class AAA Louisville, 13 G, 15 IP, 22 H, 4 BB, 11 K, 5.40 ERA, .355 opponents' average

Darrell Rasner, RHP, New York Yankees (Washington, 2005, designated for assignment to make room on 40-man roster for Matt LeCroy): 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 3.00 ERA

Brian Schneider, C, New York Mets (Washington 2005-07, traded with Church to Mets for Milledge): .295/.380/.295, 0 HR, 8 RBI, still looking for an extra-base hit, only Met with higher average is Church, missed time with thumb infection

Chris Snelling, OF, Philadelphia (Washington 2007, traded for OF Ryan Langerhans): .333/.333/1.333, 1 HR, 1 RBI, called up April 13, went on disabled list April 20 with left knee problems (just three at-bats)

Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs (Washington 2006, left via free agency (and compensation picks turned into OF Michael Burgess and RHP Jordan Zimmermann): .177/.233/.316, 3 HR, 10 RBI, spent time on DL with right calf problem

Billy Traber, LHP, New York Yankees (Washington, 2006-07, released in offseason): 11 G, 8 IP, 9 H, 5 BB, 6 K, 4.50 ERA, sent to minors April 26; was to be left-handed specialist

Jose Vidro, DH-1B, Seattle (Washington 2005-06, traded for RHP Emiliano Fruto and OF Chris Snelling (which means for OF Wily Mo Pena and OF Ryan Langerhans): .192/.248/.298, 2 HR, 18 RBI

Daryle Ward, 1B/PH, Chicago Cubs (Washington 2005, traded to Atlanta for RHP Luis Atilano): .095/.321/.286, 1 HR, 3 RBI

Brad Wilkerson, OF, Seattle (Washington 2005, traded with Terrmel Sledge and Armando Galarragga for Alfonso Soriano (which means for Michael Burgess and Jordan Zimmermann): .232/.348/.304, 0 HR, 5 RBI, designated for assignment April 30

So given all that, I ask this question: Do you miss any of these players? Or more to the point, would any of them make this current team better?

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 7, 2008; 6:57 AM ET
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