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3-2-1... Julian Tavares

Ladies and gentlemen, Julian Tavarez is here today. Maybe Brevard County should launch some kind of commemorative display. Anyway, the fact that Tavarez has arrived at SC Stad this early is something of a surprise. Mike Rizzo had indicated on Friday that Tavarez might encounter some visa problems, and the team wasn't expected him until later this week.

Now, Tavarez will probably pitch tomorrow when the Nats play Florida.

The team was in a hurry this morning to take the field, because they were scheduled for almost an hour of fielding practice before BP, but we'll probably have time to talk to Tavares later this morning.

A few other notes.


* The second round of cuts is coming tomorrow.

* Jesus Flores, still dealing with a right elbow strain, will do some light throwing again today. He guessed this morning that he'll probably need another week before appearing in a game.

* Manny Acta got his fill of WBC action yesterday on the tube while watching Puerto Rico's demolition of the U.S. A few of the bright spots for the Lee Greenwood's just happened to be Nats. Adam Dunn went 2-for-3 with a double, good for a .556 Classic BA. Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Jake Peavy. Saul Rivera pitched a scoreless one-third inning for Puerto Rico.

"It was like a camp day on TV for me," Acta quipped.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 15, 2009; 10:35 AM ET
 
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Comments

I'm a little worried about Jesus. A week longer and there aren't many weeks left.

Posted by: AnonymousSources | March 15, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"From the tightwad owners to the dysfunctional FO"

Bowden is gone. The D word needs to be retired from any and all discussions of this team. The TO concept can and will be retired once they complete the signing of Strasburg. Find some new buzzwords, all you haters out there.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 15, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

@+1/2 St.:

Eldred is a STI - No options needed. If he doesn't make the club, they assign him to minor-league camp & he decides not to go to SYR, he becomes a free-agent.

Posted by: BinM | March 15, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

"Why in a market the size and richness of Washington is this team the laughingstock of baseball?"

The L word needs to be deep-sixed here too. In fact, who else is with me in thinking that these dysfunctional bloggers and commenters - who are the real tightwads because they're too cheap or lazy to come up with any new ways to express their innate hatred of the Nationals - are the true laughingstock of the blogoshere?

Posted by: nunof1 | March 15, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Monday's cuts will probably be player (rather than pitcher) heavy. STI's like Bynum, Molina, Langerhans, Patterson, & Padilla will move to the minor-league camp, imo. The team might go through one more rotation of the starters before making many pitching cuts.

Posted by: BinM | March 15, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

[from an earlier post]

Cavalier83,

... your assessment of the team/media relationship is correct, in that it highlights the team's - all teams, all sports - newfound ability to 'use' the media to its advantage.

... what an investigative journalist should and would do is not report a story using anonymous sources but rather keep at it until a solid proof can be part of the report. Of course there is an inherent danger in this approach for the local beat writer, which is not at all a problem for a national or international columnist/pundit - I'll grant you that.

... at any rate, I'd - SOMETIMES - rather read a revealing story with unnamed sources than a story liberally sprinkled with simplistic quotes from team admin and coaches. Ultimately any pieces focussing on the current state of the Nats is fine wirth me, but my preference would be to have something which suggests more questions than it answers; which opens a window on the team that hitherto has remained closed.

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 15, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

The offer to Texiera and the signing of Dunn should put tightwad to rest. The Nats have a plan, which I presume includes a budget alloting so much here and so much there. Signing Strasburg and extending Zimmy's contract should be in that budget. So far the plan to draft promising pitching talent is looking to pay off. We knew it would take time to rebuild the team after MLB got rid of so many talented Expos and short changed the farm system. Let's give the FO a chance.
I'm old enough to remember the original Nationals/Senators. There was a disfunctional FO and TO that broke my heart twice by seeking greener pastures. I love it that we have a team in DC at last, owned by DC people who love baseball and I am willing to be patient.

Posted by: gengreen17 | March 15, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

... I'm looking forward to seeing Julie pitch, but I wonder if Shawn Hill will be bumped from his one inning, or will still start as announced.

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 15, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

BinM-

Thanks. I guess that hadn't occurred to me. Once utterly released by another team, does that mean that the question of options is forever moot? Or is the point that such things only matter when moving onto and off of the 40-man (or 25-man) roster.

That is such a remedial question, I know, but it seems that the point must be that you are on the roster or you are not. If someone is merely a spring-training invitee, I guess they are under some very short-term contract. It's not like another team could jump in and sign Eldred because he is not on the minor or major-league rosters.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | March 15, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"Once utterly released by another team, does that mean that the question of options is forever moot? Or is the point that such things only matter when moving onto and off of the 40-man (or 25-man) roster."

The concern for options exists only when a player is on the 40/25 man roster. They never go away. However, once a player reaches five years of major league service time, he has to give his permission to exercise an option.

Posted by: Brian_ | March 15, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Part 1 of Strasburg interview with Grant Paulson on XM just aired. I thought it was both informative and fluff with part 2 to air next week to include info on his possibility of being drafted by Washington. In Part 1, he went over his pitches which include a Fastball clocked as high as 102, and a slider clocked between 95 & 97 mph, plus a changeup. He sounded very mature for his age and credits his upbringing and college experience. I'm sure having Tony Gwynn as his coach is an added plus. I look forward to part 2 next sunday morning on XM.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 15, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

@+1/2 St.:
Every player in Spring Training is under some kind of contract for the season - MLB, MiLB, or in some instances, a "split" contract that guarantees one of two $$$ values.

Players under a MiLB or split contract sometimes have an "opt-out" date (if XXX is not on the MLB roster by dd/mm/yy, the contract is void); Otherwise, they are held to the contract for the duration.

I may be wrong, but I think options only carry on a player working under their original signing agreement; Trades keep the agreement in place, but if a player is released, the agreement is void & all options are lost.

Posted by: BinM | March 15, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

@Brian_:

Thanks for the input(and correction to my statement) regarding options; I knew if anyone out there had a grasp on the rule, it would be you.

Posted by: BinM | March 15, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, everybody.

Posted by: kevincostello | March 15, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Felipe Lopez raises his ugly profile again, this time against team USA.

I hate that guy!

Posted by: nattydread1 | March 15, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Word is the Nats are seriously interested in Pudge.. hmmm. If Flores is banged up, i like this option

Posted by: ButterSchultz | March 15, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Butter-

Whence this information? I could be interested, but I am not so excited about Jesus being injured.

I assume that Pudge is not an A-lister at this point for draft pick compensation. Can anyone confirm?

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | March 15, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

There are only three guys left on the free agent market whose signing would involve a draft pick. Ben Sheets is the lone Type A guy out there (meaning his signing would cost a team a pick plus the creation of a supplemental first rounder). Paul Byrd and Mark Grudzielanek are both Type B free agents (meaning their signing results in the creation of a supplemental 1st rounder).

Posted by: Brian_ | March 15, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"Why in a market the size and richness of Washington is this team the laughingstock of baseball?"

The L word needs to be deep-sixed here too. In fact, who else is with me in thinking that these dysfunctional bloggers and commenters - who are the real tightwads because they're too cheap or lazy to come up with any new ways to express their innate hatred of the Nationals - are the true laughingstock of the blogoshere?

Posted by: nunof1 | March 15, 2009 10:58 AM

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Couldn't agree with you more along with 3 good Posts on the early morning thread.

Posted by: dmacman88 | March 15, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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