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Nats add three to 40-man roster, but not Wilkie

The Nationals added three minor league pitchers -- right-hander Juan Jaime and left-handers Atahualpa Severino and Aaron Thompson -- to their 40-man roster on Thursday afternoon, in essence protecting them from the Dec. 10 Rule 5 draft.

However, right-hander Josh Wilkie, the subject of Tracee's featureThursday, was not added to the roster and his future with the organization is now unclear. The Nationals' 40-man roster is now full, and barring any changes Wilkie will now be subject to the Rule 5 draft, where another team can claim him for $50,000.

Jaime, 22, went 5-2 with a 2.10 ERA in 14 appearances (12 starts) split between Class A Vermont and Class A Hagerstown.

Severino, 25, went 10-0 with 15 saves and a 2.62 ERA in 44 relief appearances in Class A Potomac and Class AA Harrisburg.

Thompson, a 22-year-old acquired in August from the Marlins in the Nick Johnson trade, posted a 3.93 ERA in 26 starts at Class AA Jacksonville (the Marlins' affiliate) and Harrisburg.

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 19, 2009; 5:48 PM ET
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What happened to the guy we drafted first in the Rule5 draft last year??????

Posted by: Lipty | November 19, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

We gave him back . . . the real question is, who gets dropped so we can make a Rule 5 pickup this year.

Posted by: RedBee | November 19, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

from previous thread...

no chico, it wasn;t at all ironic that you were scooped about your own imminent departure. it was just another consistency in your fumbling coverage where the OP and regularly beat you on breaking stories. i will weep not at all regarding your departure. you were dead man riting with me as soon as you told washingtonian magazine how youb felt being a baseball writer was apparently beneath your dignity. then i noticed that you were actually covering fewer games as the post went into its "anyone can be a baseball riter" shennanigans. your departure better serves the fans of the nationals than had you remained on the beat. it would have been nice had EGR rewarded adam kilgore or marc carig - two guys who actually LIKE and UNDERSTAND the game. but no, they chose you for an assignment that you apparently was less than enthusiastic about and the readers suffered. godspeed and good riddance.

Posted by: surly_w | November 19, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Awww, we just got to read about his symphony and everything. Oh, man...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 19, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

What?!?! That is a serious bummer. Have been following Wilkie's progress for some time now and am still rooting for him. Hopefully we don't lose him in the R5 draft now.

Posted by: natsfan013 | November 19, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Calculated risk. Nats probably think Wilkie can't stay on any MLB roster all year, and will for that reason either not get selected in the Rule 5 or be returned at the end of the year.

Posted by: jcj5y | November 19, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I have a suggestion for the Post sports editor - make the Nats beat a one-and-a-half person beat. Early in the year before Redskins training camp, allow the Original Blogfather (c) to cover home games and have the newbie make the road trips. Then when football season ramps up at training camp, the newbie writer will be fresh to finish the season. Whaddaya say, guys?

Posted by: leetee1955 | November 19, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

More roster moves must be coming....they still are have Chico, Saul R., Marco Estrada types on the 40 man roster....NOBODY would pick them up and if they Did who would care? Not protecting young pitching that has not yet proven they are bad, recovering from Major Surgery, or just plan old (like Estrada, Chico and Saul) is stupid. Not picking someone with the number 1 pick in the RULE 5.....unforgivable.

Posted by: JayBeee | November 19, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

OK, Atahualpa "The Emperor" Severino is going straight to All-Name Team AAA.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 19, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I think if they pick someone in the Rule 5 draft, THEN they have to make a move to open space for him. They don't have to clear space in advance, meaning that they'd have to go into the draft with less than 40 players protected.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | November 19, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Kind of an inappropriate name, though, considering the Spanish beheaded Atahualpa.

And good luck to Wilkie wherever he winds up. Seems like a good kid.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 19, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching the Dominican Baseball game on ESPNDeportes(it's in spanish). The atmosphere feels fun, and there's a number of players that have played with the Nats on this game (Aguilas vs Tigres):

Kory Casto
Jorge Sosa
Emilio Bonifacio
Bernie Castro
Elijah Dukes (the announcers say he's been patient at the plate and only recorded 8 official ABs. Has 1 homer and hitting around .300. He made solid contact his first AB tonight but flied out).
Hoping to see how he fares the rest of the game. It's just great to be able to watch baseball during the winter, especially when there are Nats players involved. can't wait for Saturday's AFL game on the MLB Network.

Posted by: big_game_lannan | November 19, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm excited about the game Saturday as well, bgl. Thanks for the report on the Dominican baseball. I've thought about catching a game on ESPNDeportes, but haven't yet done so. I wouldn't understand the broadcasters, but the action on the field should speak for itself.

On a related note, I'm hoping that the MLB Network will broadcast the Caribbean World Series again this year. I really enjoyed watching it last year. I believe it's not until February, though.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 19, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

If Severino has a cutter, we could say "he severed that one." Or not.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 19, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

sheesh, my gosh ... my surly sure likes to live up to his name. You would think Chico committed a crime on par with Denny McLain?

Posted by: periculum | November 19, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Man, that guy Brian Oliver is great ... maybe he is a sabermatician? :) Man org charts, up-to-the-minute concise analysis. Excellent presentation ... his web page well contrived, laid out and very glitch free?

I still think WaPo should think about vectoring over some stuff to him?

Posted by: periculum | November 19, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

"Calculated risk. Nats probably think Wilkie can't stay on any MLB roster all year, and will for that reason either not get selected in the Rule 5 or be returned at the end of the year."

They may do something about it later? They are still likely threshing things out ... still time before December and there are no openings for a potential rule 5 1st pick.

Posted by: periculum | November 19, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Severino over Wilkie is kind of a suprise to me, particularly since Wilkie was exposed in the AFL. Maybe 29 other teams will think that a +changeup isn't enough to spend a Rule-V pick on for a middle reliever.

Posted by: BinM | November 19, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

This was posted on NFA:
#6 by Andrew Stebbins - November 19th, 2009 at 16:58

Strasburg hurt, so I’m told. Will know more soon.

Rumor-mongering? Brian didn't reply to it (and he usually responds to such stuff)...

Posted by: TimDz | November 19, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

New post re. Strasburg. :-(

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 19, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Elijah Dukes wearing #8, hits a 2-run homer to left in the 4th inning. Yeah, ELIJAH!!!!

Posted by: big_game_lannan | November 19, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I believe 40-man rosters for the Rule 5 draft have to be finalized by tomorrow. Hence today's moves.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | November 19, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Well -- I can finally say I have read a comment here from a total prick. Godspeed and good riddance to you.

Posted by: fischy | November 19, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse


While I don't agree with everything surly_w wrote about Chico, I think your visceral characterization is a bit strong. There seems to me much "like" for Chico, the hail-fellow-well-met type, nut surly_w hasn't been the only poster banging on him. I could take Chico or not but this is a forum where opinions are exchanged and surly_w has every right to his.

Posted by: leetee1955 | November 19, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

No, no, no, no, no. Wilkie was my pick to be the pleasant surprise of the season. He's a DC guy. He lives in the city. He likes the city. He worked on the hill. He KNOWS the city. His fiance actually has a JOB. He's one of us. I really, really wanted him to stay.


Posted by: NatsNut | November 19, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing there should be a "b" rather than an "n" as that first letter. Also, one might better term the characterization "organic" as opposed to "visceral." (Oh, no, I didn't.) Not saying I agree with the characterization necessarily, but I am a word maven and all. :-D


nut surly_w hasn't been the only poster banging on him.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 7:11 AM | Report abuse

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