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Posted at 1:29 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Willie Harris not returning to Nationals

By Adam Kilgore

Utility player Willie Harris, a National since 2008, has received two offers from clubs, neither of which have come from the Nationals, said Daryl Buford, Harris's agent. While the Nationals communicated with Harris at the start of the offseason, Buford said, they have not been in touch since the beginning of free agency.

"We have two offers at this point," Buford said. "D.C. is not one of the offers."

UPDATE, 2:14: A team source went a step beyond Buford's description and said there is "no chance" Harris will return to the Nationals.

Buford called the prospect of Harris returning for his fourth season with the Nationals a "remote possibility." Buford said Harris could make a decision in the next couple days, but he will check with the Nationals before making a final decision "out of respect for" the team.

"We have some pretty intriguing offers," Buford said. "Hopefully, we can act on them in the next couple days and reach an agreement. We have pretty good fits."

The Nationals had at least some interest in Harris, reaching out to him early in the offseason. He hit only .183 last year, but the Nationals considered him a viable possibility off the bench because of his power (10 home runs in 224 at-bats), his patience (33 walks in 262 plate appearances) and his versatility (he can play second, third and outfield). Harris also hit .199 on balls in play in 2010, a sign of rotten luck.

The Nationals need to fill their last bench spot before spring training begins, preferably with a reliable infielder who can also play the outfield. One such player came off the market today. Utility man Willie Bloomquist, who has a career .653 OPS, reportedly agreed to terms with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

By Adam Kilgore  | January 13, 2011; 1:29 PM ET
 
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Comments

No Willy this time. Think his spot has been taken by Rick Ankiel. It might be they are thinking about giving Brian Bixler a chance at the job?

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Willie is a talented athlete who should play somewhere this year, but he should not return to Washington. He was put into situations he shouldn't have been put into last year and the fans turned on him. He and the Nats should move on. Good luck Willie.

Posted by: JamesFan2 | January 13, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

>>Harris also hit .199 on balls in play in 2010, a sign of rotten luck.

It was all rotten luck. Hurry Pants! No more Willie Bloomquist either!
Pants leak of the week in SI says that Nats are one of two teams (heard this before?) going after Chris Young. Mets are the other. Drive up his price before he signs with NY, Pants!! You can do it. One nation under Pants.

Posted by: Brue | January 13, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"Harris also hit .199 on balls in play in 2010, a sign of rotten luck."

No, it's not necessarily a sign of rotten luck. It could just be a sign that he is finished and made rotten contact almost all the time.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | January 13, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

>>He was put into situations he shouldn't have been put into last year and the fans turned on him.

Posted by: JamesFan2

Hey Pants now you can blame it on circumstances and some people will actually believe it!!!

Posted by: Brue | January 13, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

heh. Brue said "under Pants".

Posted by: bottomfeeders10 | January 13, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Willy Harris? Yes he'll do. He'll help lead the Natinals to a riveting 4th place finish in the NL East.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 13, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Please sign David Eckstein!

Sec314

Posted by: arlingtontwb | January 13, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Finally some good news. Addition by subtraction.
But somebody better check in on DoubleSwitch quick. He must be despondent.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | January 13, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Man you know your team isn't going far when fans are clamoring to sign David Eckstein.

I think I even saw someone mention Michael Aubrey too. Hahahahaha yeah, he'll do.....

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 13, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I wish Willie luck, but think we can do better.

Posted by: NatsFly | January 13, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

the offseason is officially a success.

Posted by: longterm | January 13, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Good guy, good career for his talent, if somebody else has a spot, good for him. Good luck.

Posted by: Arkymark | January 13, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Bixler has been such a failure in his time in big leagues that I can't imagine the Nats expect him to make the 25 man roster.

It could happen but you don't want to count on him. Probably Willie's defense isn't good enough for Rizzo (actually he is probably over priced for what he brings to the team).

Posted by: Pensfans | January 13, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Nice guy, good luck, but my prayers are answered. Hope he replaces Werth in Philly. It would be nice to be on the other end of those strikeouts for a change.

Posted by: raymitten | January 13, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Not bringing back Harris might finally mean the land-fill is closed. Oh wait a minute...., I just checked and there is a gapping hole, looks like the BlO's are still in the market for a .199 utility hitter!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | January 13, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, Willie! Standing O for his first AB at Nats Park as a visitor!

Posted by: ramgut | January 13, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Not bringing back Harris might finally mean the land-fill is closed. Oh wait a minute...., I just checked and there is a gapping hole, looks like the BlO's are still in the market for a .199 utility hitter!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | January 13, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

And now a random fact about Willie Harris:

Willie Harris once hit for the cycle and pitched 5 scoreless innings in a game where he played off the bench.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | January 13, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

All your base are belong to Willie Harris.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | January 13, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Willie was a fine player and a class act. He always hustled. He will be missed. I wish hime well in his career.

Posted by: cr8oncsu | January 13, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes Willie's a class act and hustles and all that, but I have to say I'm so relieved to know that Riggleman can no longer be tempted to PH Willie against every RH reliever.

Posted by: LetTeddyWin_com | January 13, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

"Bixler has been such a failure in his time in big leagues that I can't imagine the Nats expect him to make the 25 man roster."

A lot perhaps depends on what Lombardozzi does. He is almost ready and fits this role to a tee. No need to worry as much about the ol' double switches as Lombardozzi is a switch hitter. Bixler might fill in until he is ready. They signed Chris McConnell a decent fielder but up until now, a poor hitter to the Syracuse roster. He too is only 24.

In the end you probably wouldn't want to block blue collar hard worker Lombardozzi who did pretty well in the Arizona Fall League.

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I would love it if the Orioles traded Matusz to the Nats. Might shut some of the O's trolls down.

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Hairston, Jr
Scott Hairston
Joe Inglett

Posted by: 4U2Know | January 13, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Matusz to the Natinals?


HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA..........

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Thanks for the laugh.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 13, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

>>would love it if the Orioles traded Matusz to the Nats.Posted by: periculum

Os are weak at first and third. That's it. What could the Nats offer.
Anyway, Matusz is one of the great young arms in baseball. Along with Tillman and Arrieta and with a solid young nucleus and a really good manager, the Os should be a bright surprise this season.
With their arms, they may not even be a surprise. I really think they are expected to excel this season.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | January 13, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

The Nationals could still use a MI bench player, regardless of where he comes from, imo - If Bloomquist & Harris are off the list of possibles, oh well. We're talking about the 24th or 25th player on the roster, so it's not crucial.

I'm more curious about who's getting DFA'd when they make the LaRoche signing official - One of the usual suspects (Mock, Martin, Martis, JMax, etc), or is Rizzo working a back-door deal on one of the Rule-5 players (Broderick, Rodriguez).

Posted by: BinM | January 13, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

OK, my lineup:

Espinosa 2b
Desmond ss
Zim 3b
Werth rf
LaRoche 1b
Morse lf
Ramos c
Bernadina cf

oh well, a girl can dream can't she.


Posted by: skins_fan_22 | January 13, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

@skins_fan: The one thing the O's seemed to avoid is major injuries to their SP's. With the exception of Bergesen, the rotation was solid for the entire year; They just got beat up with injuries to everybody else on the roster, losing Roberts, Gonzalez, J.Johnson, Berkin, & Pie to the 60-day in 2010.

I wish them well in 2011, but would worry a little about Showalter & his history for 'short-term' relationships with teams.

Posted by: BinM | January 13, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Can't see Lombardozzi making the team out of ST. He's gonna play everyday somewhere, most likely Syracuse.
That in itself is a sign of progress. Serious MLB prospects at our AAA affiliate. That's a first.

Posted by: Sunderland | January 13, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

"I'm more curious about who's getting DFA'd when they make the LaRoche signing officia."

Same here.

"That in itself is a sign of progress. Serious MLB prospects at our AAA affiliate. That's a first."

Ditto, and kind of what I've been saying? Even the so-called AAAA ringers are better ... and seem to be younger. I find Aubrey to be an upgrade over the Chris Duncan of 2010. And he is still young enough to surprise some folks.

Keeping my eye on Barthmaier and hoping he isn't another plug-in replacement for Garrett Mock.

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

"Thanks for the laugh.
Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P"

So says the sh?t flowing downhill from the old Belvedere Hotel into the Innuh Harbah. Fly Robin err Oriole Fly!

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"OK, my lineup:

Espinosa 2b
Desmond ss
Zim 3b
Werth rf
LaRoche 1b
Morse lf
Ramos c
Bernadina cf

oh well, a girl can dream can't she."

All that's required is some plate patience plus maturity and the Nats feature a better outfield in 2012 than the O's could ever hope to have.

CF Corey Brown [L] (very fast guy, power but needs patience)
2B Danny Espinosa [S] (yes I think with learned plate patience )
3B Ryan Zimmerman [R]
1B Adam LaRoche [L]
RF Jayson Werth [R]
LF Michael Morse [R]
C Wilson Ramos [R]
SS Ian Desmond [R]

Perhaps, at some point in 2012?

CF Brown [L]
SS Espinosa [S]
3B Zimmerman [R]
1B LaRoche [L]
LF Werth [R]
RF Harper [L]
C Norris [R]
2B Lombardozzi [R]

Or some variation on the theme.

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

@Sunderland: Tend to agree with you on Lombardozzi; I like his skill-set (a lot), but he needs at least another 1/2 year in the minors. I'm more inclined toward him starting 2011 in AA-Harrisburg, but AAA-SYR is in his reach.

Posted by: BinM | January 13, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Correction:

CF Brown [L]
SS Espinosa [S]
3B Zimmerman [R]
1B LaRoche [L]
LF Werth [R]
RF Harper [L]
C Norris [R]
2B Lombardozzi [S]


Forgot on [S]. This lineup looks like a doubleswitch Riggleman proof special. ;) Might be a new manager in place as well?

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

MLBTR is saying that Bobby Crosby has some interst from a NL club for use as utility player -- that might be us.

I wish Willie Harris well. He's a valuable player and I am guessing some club will get some value out of the guy; but he's not the right guy for the Nats given his recent history here. I hope he lands with a winner.

Posted by: dfh21 | January 13, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

And just think if the Natinals had some competent front office and ownership they could've swooped in and hired Buck Showalter before he decided to take his talents 30 mins up the road to the mighty Baltimore Orioles.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 13, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

"And just think if the Natinals had some competent front office and ownership they could've swooped in and hired Buck Showalter before he decided to take his talents 30 mins up the road to the mighty Baltimore Orioles."

Hmm, let's see the O's are in the same division with top free agent rich Spankees, farm and free agent rich BoSox, prospect rich AND with 6-11 first round pick TB Rays?

Da sh?t still gonna flow down from the Old Belvedere Hotel into the Innuh Harbuh and into last place Admiral Poopy Fell.

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2011 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Oops - Listed Rodriguez as a Rule-5, meant Ramirez.
----------
@skins_fan (again): If the hamate surgery makes Espinosa step back from his 'free-swinging' ways, and he can up his OBP in Viera (and beyond), he's a possible as a future lead-off hitter, imo.

Desmond could be in the same boat, offensively.


Posted by: BinM | January 13, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Harris -> Indians and Acta. Have to wonder if he might follow Kearns et al?

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

@BinM,

I think the power and switch hitting power bat (gap and home run)
to all fields plus speed projects optimally to the #2 slot in the batting order (with learned plate patience).

Brown seems to have been severely "spanked" by the A's for lack of plate discipline, strike outs, and pulling too much. Looks like he began adjusting both in AA and AAA last year and as a result lost some power. Then to further chastise he was traded to a last place club.

For Brown one has to suspect a higher OBP will be a big goal for this year. Its how he can compete and win the starting CF job.

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Bill Ladson is saying the Nats are eyeing Jerry Hairston, Jr. for the utility job.

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110113&content_id=16433976&vkey=news_was&c_id=was

Posted by: 4U2Know | January 13, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

And Rafael Soriano to the Yankees, 3 years, $35M.

Posted by: Sunderland | January 13, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

"And Rafael Soriano to the Yankees, 3 years, $35M."

And boy what an arrogant, and inter-divisional rivalry impactful move:

Yet another 1st rounder (they were sitting at six!!!) and supplementary pick to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and their savvy and talented front office. That number now grows to 8!

Moneyball versus free agent largesse about to be tested
to the max.

Posted by: periculum | January 13, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it's time for the Nats to move on and let Willie go, but he was an excellent bench player before last year, with some game saving catches and clutch hits. And he hustled and didn't look like a knucklehead running the bases - not something to be taken for granted on the Nats. So thanks for the memories and good luck Willie.

Posted by: utec | January 13, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Good luck Willie! I'm afraid folks here don't appreciate his versatility. Every club needs to have a player like him. His average will be much better this year, watch and see! As far as Showalter...thank goodness we didn't get him! The O's will go down very fast.

Posted by: JpJp | January 14, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Willie may have been a great guy but there needs to be accountability in the organization; if you aren't hurt and hit less then .200 then its time to give someone else your roster spot.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | January 14, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

As others have commented, the fact that there will not be a roster spot in 2011 for Willie is a small but real sign that the Nats are finally moving forward. But he will be appreciated for bringing a game face into so many dismal late-innings when nobody else seemed to give a damn, including our statue for a manager, Manny Acta, when he was around.

Posted by: thelonghaul | January 14, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

And Jeff Francis to the Royals....

Posted by: Sunderland | January 14, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Periculum,
Two things, you are overvaluing those draft picks. How many impact first rounders did the Gnats have before Stras/Harper, one Zimm. Aaron Crow, Bill Bray, and Colten Williams. And even if they make an impact it will be later, most likely once Longoria and Upton are gone. Sounds a bit like the EXpos.

Second, the chances of the O's trading Matusz to the Nats are a bit as remote as the Nats trading Stras to the O's. Not to mention Matusz would cost the Gnats their whole farm system and some MLB products. Back to an 100 loss season for the Gnats while O's will be 500.

Posted by: break20 | January 14, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know who was removed from the 40 man roster as the reciprical move for the LaRoche signing?

Posted by: TimDz | January 14, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

break20, I think when your farm system is as downtrodden as the Nats is then picks are valuable; while I know the picks are hit or miss, when there is so little talent there you have to build a strong farm system before you can have a successful major league club.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | January 14, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

SC,
Name one real Nats draft success story, besides Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, and others who were traded away? And Zimm, Stras, and Harper don't count, those were all top 5 picks, which didn't exactly take top notch drafting.

Posted by: break20 | January 14, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Periculum:

Correction:

CF Brown [L]
SS Espinosa [S]
3B Zimmerman [R]
1B LaRoche [L]
LF Werth [R]
RF Harper [L]
C Norris [R]
2B Lombardozzi [S]


Forgot on [S]. This lineup looks like a doubleswitch Riggleman proof special. ;) Might be a new manager in place as well?

______________________________

I think if Corey Brown cranks in Spring Training and AAA we will see him on or about June 1st this year.

I expect the same with Bryce Harper but during June of 2012.

I expect Desmond to have a good year as well as Ramos.

So here is my June 2012 lineup:

CF Brown [L]
SS Desmond [R]
3B Zimmerman [R]
1B LaRoche [L]
LF Werth [R]
RF Harper [L]
2B Espinosa [S]
C Ramos [R]

Bench: Lombardozzi, Bernadina, Morse, Flores, Hairston

Starters:
Carpenter, Strasburg, JZimmermann, Maya, Solis

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | January 14, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

My theory is the Cardinals go all "in" on Albert Pujols and will not spend the money to re-sign Chris Carpenter. I wouldn't be surprised if they trade Carpenter on July 31st of this year if the Cardinals aren't in the playoff hunt.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | January 14, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

WAPO your Nats coverage is once again lacking. Oh I mean its almost non-existent. I guess its all part of "Expect it"

Posted by: TippyCanoe | January 14, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

@break20,

"Two things, you are overvaluing those draft picks. How many impact first rounders did the Gnats have before Stras/Harper, one Zimm. Aaron Crow, Bill Bray, and Colten Williams. And even if they make an impact it will be later, most likely once Longoria and Upton are gone. Sounds a bit like the EXpos"

It is a well known fact that the Tampa Bay Rays did not build their team using free agents? Instead mostly through the draft and developing prospects. They managed to beat the Yankees for the AL East division title using that strategy. Most of the free agent signings of ex-Ray's generated 2 additional draft picks for an organization that specializes in leveraging the most out of the draft?

The Expos? Vlad Guererro, Cliff Lee ... it seems like the list of prospects traded for almost nothing in return is endless.

I think the Nats are still too new to judge ... they really didn't have any real organization under Bowden who's strategy and approach involved acquiring ex-Cincinnati Reds with whom he was familiar and going high risk high reward with fringe star players like Elijah Dukes.

The Nats future starting catcher will be Derrick Norris, the #2 prospect in their system. He and Harper will likely enter the majors together.

Posted by: periculum | January 14, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The A's have signed Balfour also a type A free agent. In this case the Rays get their second round pick but also a supplementary first rounder.

The Ray's now have NINE first round picks and TWO second round picks. That could end up being quite a haul!

Posted by: periculum | January 14, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Periculum,
Were in year seven, the Gnats have had 3 hundred loss seasons, enough excuses. They might have to move back to Montreal to restore the glory.

Posted by: break20 | January 14, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

If the Rays draft as poorly as the Gnats do it won't matter, Periculum.

Posted by: break20 | January 14, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

"It is a well known fact that the Tampa Bay Rays did not build their team using free agents? Instead mostly through the draft and developing prospects."

Well... I generally agree you want to build through the draft, but I'm not sure the Rays are the best example. In their breakout year of 2008, of the starting nine, only three were drafted by the Rays - Longoria, Crawford, and Upton. The other six were acquired through FA and trades. Of the 8 main pitchers - 5 starters and three relievers - only 4 were drafted by the Rays.

Posted by: db423 | January 14, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

But break20, all our draft choices are top 5... and we have expanded draft personel since the good 'ol days.

If you think the team should be built via FA you are entitled to your opinion, I think it is done thru the draft. And if your draft picks don't pan out, instead of viewing them as worthless hire people who make better picks. If you think a better way is to give picks away and sign FAs talk to Met and Cub fans and see if they agree.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | January 14, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"If the Rays draft as poorly as the Gnats do it won't matter, Periculum."

Dear break20,

The evidence appears to point very strongly to the contrary dude. Please note the free agent signings and trades made by the TB Rays this offseason. Most all were developed by that organization.

At this point in time the Rays and their rivals the BoSox are two organizations who are quite adept at this. Right now the Rays are prospect rich. They are a team that can actually trade away two starters in their rotation and still do well! One is now gone in Garza. With Wade and Hellickson they really don't need Garza or perhaps Shields any longer. In a very real sense that is a franchise that is richer talent-wise than the Yankees.

In the last 10 years The Expos/Nats have only had a ***real GM*** just the past two years and initially he was interim. Before that it was SideShow Bowden and Omar Minaya dumping talent to cut pay roll as fast as his fingers could dial.

The Nats are now 2 years in with a real plan (Thankfully NOT Stan's) I think I would rather be where the Nats are even with the Phillies than the Ori-holes in a division with those TB Rays, Yankees, and BoSox.

Posted by: periculum | January 14, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The Natianls draft so poorly that I saw that Cam Newton is #1 on the Natinals draft chart.

Hahahahahhahahahaha

N-A-T-I-N-A-L-S

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 14, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"Rays are the best example. In their breakout year of 2008, of the starting nine, only three were drafted by the Rays - Longoria, Crawford, and Upton. The other six were acquired through FA and trades. Of the 8 main pitchers - 5 starters and three relievers - only 4 were drafted by the Rays."

In 2011 the Rays project to have:
FIVE starters developed by the Rays.
Position players: LF, CF, RF, 3B, SS = FIVE developed by the Rays.
Relievers: 1-2 (Peralta is now there?)

TOTAL : 11-12 starters all developed by the Rays. This could change of course.

Their breakout year might have been 2008. But their system breakout could be be 2011. A year in which up to 11-12 starters were developed by the Rays. A year in which they draft 11-12 top talent in the draft to replace losses incurred due to payroll trimming this year.

This is a team that will be interesting to watch.

Posted by: periculum | January 14, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"The Natianls draft so poorly that I saw that Cam Newton is #1 on the Natinals draft chart.

Hahahahahhahahahaha

N-A-T-I-N-A-L-S"

And your Angel O's have such a lousy owner they have no chance of ever catching up to the BoSox, Yankees, or Rays. NO CHANCE DUDE. NADA. ZILCH. You might as well call the Orioles Danny Snyder's team.

Hahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
Hahahhahahahahahahahaahhahahahhahahhahahahah

Orioles truly are Poopy McPoop.

Posted by: periculum | January 14, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"But somebody better check in on DoubleSwitch quick. He must be despondent."

My sentiments, exactly skins fan.

Posted by: JohnRDC | January 14, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"But somebody better check in on DoubleSwitch quick. He must be despondent. My sentiments, exactly skins fan."

He has a new toy he appears to like a lot better: Rick Ankiel. He is someone Riggleman actually believes could start!!! If not I suspect you will see him double switched in with the same frequency as Harris.

Posted by: periculum | January 14, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Rays catcher also developed within.

Posted by: periculum | January 14, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Natinals get that spell-checker for their uniforms yet?

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 14, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"http://www.raysprospects.com/2011/01/q-with-baseballamericas-jim-callis.html#"

Read it and weep Poopy, read it and weep McPoop.

Posted by: periculum | January 14, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Well said Poopy, you spread some of that brown stuff onto Periculum to get him out of his delusional state of mind?

Posted by: break20 | January 14, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Periculum,
You're going to blame all the Gnats problems on two proven GMs, say what you want about Minaya and JimBo but they had two longterm tenures away from DC. NL East is "The Little Sisters of the Poor, cmpared to the AL East "murders row." But the Gnats will still finish dead last again with the worst rotation in the bigs.

Posted by: break20 | January 14, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

"And Zimm, Stras, and Harper don't count, those were all top 5 picks, which didn't exactly take top notch drafting."

This has been tossed out here before as if it were self-evident, but in fact teams "screw up" top picks all the time, and I'm putting that in quotes because 1. Nobody's perfect, and 2. Some very good GMs have picks they'd like back, in hindsight--probably most of them. It ain't as easy fon the inside as fantasy baseball.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | January 14, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

And Tippy, WADR, coverage of *what*?? It's the Fourteenth of January, for crying out loud. Even the trolls are sending in the scrubs.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | January 14, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The Natinals front office have already written off this season and are looking forward to finally being competitive in 2021.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 14, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Sec3, ill give you Zimm, but the other two were consensus #1s and so-called once in a lifetime picks the Nats screwed up enough to get. Who knows maybe Stras will end up being Mark Prior.

Posted by: break20 | January 14, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

break20, look around. As much of a mess as our rotation is, it ain't the worst. That's why Francis wants to sign with KC, why Chris Young will have a better shot of playing in the bigs with the NYM than with the Nats, why Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh.
Heck our starters even posted a better ERA than Orioles starters did last year.

I ain't sayin' we're good, not by any means. I ain't sayin' we're better than Baltimore, not at all. I'm just sayin' we ain't the worst.

Posted by: Sunderland | January 14, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

natsfan1a likes this :thumbs up:

(I believe that's how all the kids indicate approval on the Interwebz these days). :-D

It's the Fourteenth of January, for crying out loud. Even the trolls are sending in the scrubs.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | January 14, 2011 2:11 PM |

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | January 14, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Who would win in a duel, periculum or Poopy?

Posted by: break20 | January 14, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"Natinals get that spell-checker for their uniforms yet?"

Don't know. Do you know whether the World Champion Giants got theirs yet?

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Another-year-another-jersey-FAIL-Eugenio-Velez?urn=mlb-232837

Posted by: thelonghaul | January 14, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

break20 == Poopy McPoop Ori-hole troll.

Posted by: periculum | January 14, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Willie Harris never got this much prime time when he was wearing the Curly W.

Posted by: Sunderland | January 14, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Periculum,
Did you really just call me a troll? You bombard the whole Natosphere like there's no tomorrow, but I'm a troll?

Posted by: break20 | January 14, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

If it quacks like a duck and waddles like a duck...

Posted by: RedheadedCubFan | January 14, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Trol-yee-O and Poopy,

Read it and weep some more for the bedraggled Orioles:

Keith Wise:

"The Soriano signing and Oakland's deal with Grant Balfour give Tampa Bay an unbelievable haul of picks in the 2011 Rule 4 draft, which is shaping up as one of the best amateur drafts in recent memory. The Rays will have three first-round picks, seven sandwich-round picks (potentially eight if Chad Qualls signs a major league deal with San Diego), and back-to-back picks near the end of the second round. That's 11 of the first 60 picks and 13 of the first 90 for a team that drafts well and commits money to signing top picks."

"It sets up the Rays to do some real portfolio management, balancing picks of high-risk athletes with selections of higher-probability college players, while stocking the system for an extended run of success through the rest of the decade. The Rays will still be competitive in 2011, but I won't blame any Tampa Bay fan who is most excited about the first week of June."

Not going to be excited if one happens to be an Angel'O fan that's for certain.

Posted by: periculum | January 14, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Expos part II aka Gnats, since they can't sign any of these players to long-term contracts.

But nonetheless, none of these players will probably have an impact until 2013 at the least.

Posted by: break20 | January 14, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

"But nonetheless, none of these players will probably have an impact until 2013 at the least."

Thanks to the Garza trade they now have the #2 organization prospect-wise in baseball. After the Royals. After the June draft they will almost certainly be #1.

Again all five of Tampa's current starting pitchers developed within. the entire left side of their infield and catcher. The entire outfield developed within.

And a whole more is coming in a very deep talent laden draft.

Dude, it shows just how little you know. The type of talent they might harvest from this draft could make it to the pro's by 2012 not 2013 especially top college talent.

And in 2011? Just because of their starting pitching they should finish above .500 and may again be competitive. They do need relief pitching.

Meanwhile, the Orioles will finish last as usual.

Posted by: periculum | January 14, 2011 10:32 PM | Report abuse

So you say the Orioles will finish last... where will the Gnats finish DUDE?

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

Posted by: break20 | January 15, 2011 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Loved his hustle. This is a term usually associated with basketball players but Willie was a baller.

Posted by: thegraneys | January 15, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Loved his hustle. This is a term usually associated with basketball players but Willie was a baller.

Posted by: thegraneys | January 15, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

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