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Is There An Echo In Here?

Stop me if you've heard this -- no developments on the Teixeira front.

Let's hope the free agency news picks up at the winter meetings because there isn't much happening at the moment. There are a few Teixeira tidbits below, but nothing earth-shattering.

Angels GM Tony Reagins tells that Teixeira is still their top priority -- and he doesn't expect anything to happen before the winter meetings.

The Boston Herald says the Red Sox have plenty of money to sign Teixeira and others as well. Was there any doubt?

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 3, 2008; 8:25 AM ET
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Thanks for the posting, Tracee. As may be the case for others, I wasn't online over the holiday period, but I see that you were on duty for Turkey Day (and perhaps it's appropriate that your duties involved Nationals Journal - HEY OH! - [pauses for rim shot]). Anyway, thanks to you, Chico, and others for keeping the home fires burning.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 3, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I for one would still like some information on Nats who had major injuries last year and are in some stage of rehab.....Hill? Chico? WM Pena? D Young?

These players represent decisions that need to be made to clean up the mess that was 2008......Is it too much to ask that we get a report on just how much D Young weighs? With 90 days or so till Spring Training games......if he still is 325 that is all I need to know about his chances to help the team for that $5 Million. If he is 275 and working out every day I would like to know that too......

Posted by: JayBeee | December 3, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Previously, on Nationals Journal:

"The list supplied by 506 of the team fielding rankings is particulary upsetting because I remember Acta saying last spring how much he was going to emphasize defense."

It is disappointing, but it's important to remember scale when looking at the FPCT list. The Nats had a .980, so we could imagine a season with precisely 1,000 opportunities for a put out (as judged by the official scorer) and the Nats would only have missed 20 times. The MLB leading Houston Astros had a .989, so in the same charmed season, also with exactly 1,000 put out opportunities as determined by the official scorer, they would only miss their chance 11 times. So the difference in this hypothetical season is only 9 errors, which really can be explained by weird substitutions (Lo Duca at first).

The MLB average is .984, which in our magic season of simple visualizations would mean the Nats only had 4 more errors than the average, which is certainly within the realm of a bad hop or a heartless scorer one time over a month.

A good team will reduce the likelihood that chance can harm you by playing as close to perfection as possible. But perspective on what these numbers mean in practice suggests a "groan" response and not an "eek!" response.

Posted by: Section506 | December 3, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

It made that sound. The sound that only a few guys in the history of the game could make.

Posted by: Brue | December 2, 2008 7:16 PM

I didn't know Bob Costas posted on NJ.

Posted by: jctichen | December 3, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

"These players represent decisions that need to be made to clean up the mess that was 2008......Is it too much to ask that we get a report on just how much D Young weighs? With 90 days or so till Spring Training games......if he still is 325 that is all I need to know about his chances to help the team for that $5 Million. If he is 275 and working out every day I would like to know that too......"

The decision on Dmitri Young has already been made, JayBeee. He was optioned to Syracuse several weeks ago. He's no longer on the 40-man roster. He has marginally more chance of influencing the 2009 Nationals, for better or worse, than Felipe Lopez does. Maybe he'll surprise everyone by showing up in shape and repeating his magical year of 2007. If so, great. But it's pretty clear that no one in the Nationals organization is factoring him into the plans for 2009.

One has to wonder why you persist in rehashing the battles of last season long after the war has ended. What's done is done. Get over it.

Posted by: raykingsgutfeeling2 | December 3, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

In other breaking news..........the sky is blue.

Posted by: thisismydcsportsopinion | December 3, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

No news is still a new post. I, for one, appreciate it. Thanks, Tracee.

I should probably be posting this over at Baseball Insider, but I'll start here first. What are the chances of getting a chat together next week during the winter meetings? Even if there's no news, we can have lots of fun discussing why.

Round up Chico and the BI folks and put it together!

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 3, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I'll second JinM, I also want a chat during the winter meetings.

Posted by: Traveler8 | December 3, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

So the Braves acquired former Expo Javier Vazquez from the ChiSox in exchange for Brent Lillibridge, Tyler Flowers, Jon Gilmore and Santos Rodriguez.

Vazquez, 32, went 12-16 last year with a 4.67 ERA. His career numbers are 127-129, 4.32. Basically an average middle to back of the rotation starter.

Lillibridge is a 25 year-old SS who was ranked as the Braves' #6 prospect by BA. He struggled to hit in the majors this year but still has potential as a middle infielder. Flowers is a 23 year-old C/1b who ranked #12 in the Braves system and led the AFL in hitting this year (.387, with 12 homers in just 75 ABs). And Gilmore is a 20 year-old 3b ranked #13 by BA, who has "shown the tools to be an old-school power-hitting third baseman." Rodriguez, 20, is not ranked by BA and is still playing rookie ball, but he struck out 45 in 29 innings this year while allowing 16 hits, 13 walks and zero homers.

Quite a haul for the ChiSox, in my view. And it makes our trade for Olsen and Willingham look like highway robbery.

Posted by: BobLHead | December 3, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: BGinVA | December 3, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Also it will be interesting to see what transpires between "the team that shall not be named" and Nick Markakis, who, like Ryan Zimmerman, is in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Evidently "the team" would like to buy out three arbitration years plus the first three years of free agency, and made a "low-ball" offer in June or July valued at between $5-6 million per year. A Baltimore Sun story suggests it might take twice that amount to lure Markakis to sign, as in, Alex Rios/Hanley Ramirez money ($70m over 6-7 years).

Bottom lines: Markakis could help set the market for Zimmerman if he signs. And David Wright is looking like a bargain at 6 years, $55 million. Even with baseball supposedly in a "recession," the Nats may regret not offering Zim a Wright contract last year instead of a Tulo contract.

Posted by: BobLHead | December 3, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

A chat during the meetings sounds like a good idea. Dave will really be scrambling because he'll be handling Nats and national news, but we'll see what we can do.

Posted by: traceeh | December 3, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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