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Transactions, Promotions, Stats

Promise -- in the full mix of proper nouns below, nowhere do I mention Bud Selig or Rule 4.12-6. Nope, this is just your roundup of Nationals-related detailing. Good for passing the time during the next rain delay.

* First of all, today the Nats promoted one of their veteran scouts, Kris Kline, to "assistant director of scouting/national crosschecker." Kline had spent the last two years with the Nats as the "western crosschecker." Before coming on board with Washington, Kline spent seven years with the Diamondbacks -- where he of course knew current Nats assistant GM Mike Rizzo, who migrated to DC in July 2006. In the last two years, Washington has given Kline major draft preparation responsibilities: He's been responsible for evaluating the top prospects on Washington's draftboard.

* Now, some minor league notes (offseason edition!) courtesy of Bill Gluva, who fired off this update on prospects playing in the Arizona Fall League and the Dominican Winter League...

OF Leonard Davis, Peoria Saguaros (Ariz.) -- has hit 9 of 11 games with the Saguaros, batting .326 (14-for-43) with 5 extra-base hits (one double, 2 triples, 2 home runs) and 12 RBI...Davis, the 2008 Nationals Minor League Player of the Year, has homered in each of his last 2 games.

LHP Ross Detwiler, Peoria Saguaros (Ariz.) -- Washington's top pick (6th overall) in the 2007 draft, hasn't allowed a run over 6.0 innings (3 appearances).

RHP Adam Carr, Peoria Saguaros (Ariz.) -- owns a 1.42 ERA (1 ER/6.1 IP) in 6 games.

RHP Zech Zinicola, Peoria Saguaros (Ariz.) -- Washington's 2006 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, has allowed 2 earned runs over 8.1 innings (2.16 ERA) in 6 appearances.

INF Anderson Hernandez, Tigres del Licey, (Dom.) -- leads the league with 18 hits and 27 total bases...he is hitting a team-best .409 (18-for-44) with 5 doubles and 7 RBI in 10 games...Hernandez was claimed off waivers on August 20 to complete August 17 deal that sent Luis Ayala to NYM in exchange for a player to be named.

By Chico Harlan  |  October 28, 2008; 4:58 PM ET
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Is the Arizona Fall League a place where hitters go to work on their swing (like I know to work on breaking balls you go play in Mexico), or is it just prospect playland during the postseason?

How's that for alliteration.

Posted by: NattyDelite | October 28, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Zimmerman has an interview on the Nat's website. Generally upbeat but does confirm his hint that the Lerners need to spend money. I guess we will see whether the Ted Lerner is the new Clark Griffith.

Posted by: CountDemoney | October 28, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Count, are there any ellipses in Zimmerman's quoted comments? You've got to watch out for the dreaded ellipses!

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | October 28, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

One difference between Clark Griffith and the Lerners, Mr. Griffith never had money to spend.

Posted by: spnats | October 28, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Come on Detwiler. Talk about a shot in the arm if he comes to spring training with a truckload of confidence. Start dropping that changeup and slider in for strikes. And once they get around St. Claire, it all takes off from there. He's got the longest stuff of anybody in the organization, which means that he can be stretched out in a much larger way than the average thrower with the compact throwing motion. It gives you more action, which also leads to more variation, which seems to be his problem as a young pitcher.
He needs to stay with the big club as a reliever out of spring training, no more messing around with his role. He throws way too hard to bury in the minors. Mock did the same thing.

Posted by: Brue | October 29, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Davis is the player on this list I'm most interested in. With an all right hand hitting outfield, I'm hoping he'll stay hot and force the Nats to find a place to play him. Ideally, they'll have to do a major reshuffle and they can trade someone for an arm in the bullpen or maybe package a couple of players and get the bat we're all looking for.

Posted by: grforbes | October 29, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

who stole the name love? i want to know it was my thing and someone took it and they are going down. probably a skins fan. god i hate them

Posted by: formerlylove | October 29, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

What, no postseason puns from the Gluvman?

Go, cacti and tigers!!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 29, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

"One difference between Clark Griffith and the Lerners, Mr. Griffith never had money to spend."

Also, Mr. Lerner is not a racist. In fact, I'm not sure Mr. Griffith would like Mr. Lerner one bit.

Posted by: Section506 | October 29, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Davis can force them to make him the 24th or 25th man, we need more lefties, but I'm not sure he has the power potential to force their hand.

If he fills the Langerhans role out of AAA for '09 that might be a good next step for him.

I think if Detwiler has turned things around he'll be in AA next year and be back in the bigs for September with a chance at the rotation permanently out of ST in '10. Very curious to see how Zimmermann does in ST this year, there is certainly an opportunity for him if he performs.

Posted by: estuartj | October 29, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

BobLHead, who do you like for us to trade for or buy to lift us out of AAAA status?

Posted by: Traveler8 | October 27, 2008 9:42 PM


OK, I've got it, the Lerners need to purchase the Marlins and merge them with the Nats.

c - Flores
1b - Jacobs
2b - Uggla
3b - Zimmerman
ss - Ramirez
lf - Willingham/Milledge
cf - Milledge/Maybin (in AA but coming up)
rf - Dukes/Hermida

bench - Nieves, Willie Harris, Belliard, Guzman, Cantu, plus the healthier of Nick/Meat (OK that's too many but assume 1-2 guys are on the DL and if not, stash someone in AAA).

sp - Nolasco (R), Olsen (L), Balester (R), Lannan (L), Johnson (R), with Zimmermann, Detwiler and Volstad and Andrew Miller on the way up.

bp - Hanrahan, Gregg, Shell, Bergmann, Hinckley and Mock.

Florida won't even notice they're gone.

Posted by: BobLHead | October 29, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, that's a pretty good team.

Posted by: Section506 | October 29, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Bob L, I like the list. It amazes me that Florida does not appreciate the Marlins more.

I was going to ask, on a more discrete basis, who would you look to add, but you have opened a whole new approach - how much would just buying the Marlins cost? Might be cheaper than Mark Texeira and CC Sabathia!

Posted by: Traveler8 | October 29, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Why not just convince the owners to sell the team to MLB and then give their GM job to Omar Minaya.

Anyone know where Bartolo Colon is? We might be interested in Dan Uggla, Hanley Ramirez, Jereme Hermida, and Ricky Nolasco.

Posted by: Section506 | October 29, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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