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Afternoon Reading (And Viewing)

Spring training night games can make for some long afternoons. We're here to help you pass the time.

Dan Steinberg has some Adam Dunn shots and thoughts on the Bog.

The Twins remain one of the teams most interested in former Nat Chad Cordero.

Care to gamble on the Nats' chances? Probably not, but if so, this article from Sportsbook Review gives you some odds.

Here's an excerpt from the new book "Becoming Manny," courtesy the L.A. Times.

The Nationals had tryouts for anthem singers this weekend, and here's the video:

Finally, I thought you all might enjoy this video of Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo and his unusual spring training housing arrangements. It's from the Enquirer, and it has nothing to do with the Nats. Just something a little different.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  March 9, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
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Check out buster olneys blog at espn....he's better than Burnett right now

Posted by: theredskin | March 9, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the afternoon tidbits, Tracee.

Nats fans might also be interested in the attendance-related posting on the Baseball Insider.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 9, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I dunno. Call me jaded but you think maybe Mariners or Padres scouts are over-hyping Strasburg to make him more expensive and unlikely for us to sign him?

I mean the gushing over the kid on Olney's blog is downright unseemly.

Posted by: NatsNut | March 9, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I've mentioned in this space before my own personal fears regarding this pick. Strasburg makes no secret his desire to play in San Diego. Given the Padres position in the draft, I keep waiting for the "Elway/Eli" announcement from Boras warning the Nats and M's not to draft him because he won't sign with either team.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | March 9, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg wants to play in San Diego, not Washington? Too bad, he won't have that choice. And in the words of former National Joey Eischen, he's going to have to suck on it and like it. Scott Boras will make sure he's well compensated for it, though, which should ease his pain just a bit.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 9, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Re: Strasburg.
Provided the Nats scouts and "GM" agree with the evaluations of him, they have to take him. If they are serious about competing in this league, they have to take him. I agree there is an enormous risk here financially, but how can you pass? This is the chance to redeem the awful 08 season. Two years from now, we could look back and say the awful 08 season was worth it. And I say call his bluff if they threaten to not sign with the Nats, but I doubt that would be in Boras's playbook.

Posted by: psubman | March 9, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I think you can virtually rest assured that if Boras is on the verge of getting a $10M signing bonus for his first-pick client, he will not force a walk by Strasburg to a lower-leverage situation. Boras will advise Strasburg to take the Nationals' money because it benefits both - Strasburg gets more than he would elsewhere, and Boras gets to pump up his reputation even further by landing the 8-figure signing bonus. Obviously, this is assuming that the Nationals make the offer that they should (further assuming that Strasburg continues his torrid performance thus far and distances himself from the rest of the pack), but there's nothing to demonstrate that the Nats won't pay up at this juncture.

Posted by: faNATic | March 9, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, one of the most important things that developing teams need to do is to suck at precisely the right time so as to cause a franchise player to fall into their lap via the draft at roughly the same time as their existing system produces a crop of supporting characters. Strasburg could be that guy for the Nats.

Posted by: BobLHead | March 9, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

There is risk in any draftee, but this kid is something special. He's big, which means he should be durable. He'll have the best stuff in our entire organization the moment he signs. He topps 100mph repeatedly (most MLB'ers who top 100 are relievers). And considering the Crow fiasco, the Nats MUST draft him and MUST sign him as soon as possible.

He was the only non-pro on the Olympic team for a reason, he's one of a kind. His strikeout stats dwarf any other big time college pitcher you can dig up.

This dude is our Ovechkin. 59-102 will be worth it once he holds up a Nats jersey with his name on the back.

I, for one, will be there when he makes his major league debut this fall.

Posted by: sec307 | March 9, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Barry, you need to get to work and start blogging. Expectations are high around here.

Posted by: NatsNut | March 9, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Just wondering, could the Nats secretly be negotiating with Boras for Strasburg since the Nationals have the first pick. This practice takes place in the NFL draft. I don't know the MLB rules regarding this type of process. Of course, they wouldn't sign him yet due to the injury possibility, but once drafted, it could speed up the signing and therefore get the player in the system for faster developement.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 9, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

In the projection paragraph at the end of the link on the Nats chances this year, I like the advice on how to spend (sened) the money, funny, very funny. Sad but true.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 9, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if they can formally negotiate a deal, but you can rest assured that as we get closer to the draft, if Strasburg still looks like the pick, Rizzo or Kasten will call Boras and ask what we're talking about in terms of signing bonus.

Posted by: Section220 | March 9, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Strassburg will be the referendum on last years draft shenanigans, for every lerners are cheap comment you hear, it also sounds like the negotiations were out of hand for questionable talent. So will it be more of the same, or will the team do what it has to?

Strassburg by all accounts is a sure fire #1 pick so if they draft him, sign him and bring him up in September as well as make good use of the #10 then all will be (should be) forgiven, and perhaps they were even right all along. However if this gets screwed up there will be a lot of blame to toss at the front office

Posted by: JLR75 | March 9, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen/listened to the Star Spangled Banner tryouts? I'm scared to do it, but sincerely hope that the fact that SSB is not country music or a lounge number has been taken into account.

Posted by: Traveler8 | March 9, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I haven't watched it yet either, Traveler.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 9, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

What do you mean it has nothing to do with the Nationals? He's a Red, right?

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 9, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

My biggest disappointment in the Bowden "resignation" is that it means I'm not likely to get Arroyo doing local commercials in the DC TV market. I thought for sure Bowden would have traded for him before his departure.

Posted by: sniz15 | March 9, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

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