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The Nats are totally full of it

Dec 8, 2009, 5:47 PM EST

We’ve had all day to assimilate it, but no one around here has yet to make sense of the Nationals giving Pudge Rodriguez two years and $6 million.  So someone finally decided to ask the Nats about it.  The response, not for attribution apparently, is that Pudge had offers – note the plural — from other teams at more than $3 million a year, and that to get the deal done, they had to add the second year.

Who are these mystery teams?  The Fantasyland Fighters?  The Hallucinationtown Hornets?  The Holy Crap I’ve Got to Justify This Somehow So I May As Well Lie-Burg All-Stars?

Funny. I didn’t think any of them needed an old, can’t-hit-no-more catcher either.

  1. Ryan - Dec 8, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Who is his agent?

  2. peteinfla - Dec 8, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    My prediction: Nats move Flores for some kind of help (starter, reliever, middle infielder, – hell they need everything except 3b), then platoon Pudge nad some recycled never was (Nieves?) for one year. Isn’t the jewel of next years draft supposedly a big time catcher prospect? (Infact isn’t this the kid who just became availabe by getting his GED? someone help me here with his name please)
    And yes, his agent is Mr. “Best Interest of Baseball” Boras.

  3. Brian - Dec 8, 2009 at 7:25 PM

    Maybe Omar Minaya is secretly running the Nats, too. That was the same justification for giving Julio Franco a second year. You know, when he was 46.

  4. The Common Man - Dec 8, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    You’re funny.
    Bryce Harper is going to be 17. He’s not making the jump to the bigs for 2-3 years. Nor, do I believe, he’s a catcher. Probably an OF if he doesn’t flame out.
    There is no valid justification for this deal. Just a bad decision all around for the Nats. Too long, too expensive, too old, too little production.

  5. Beanster - Dec 8, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    Um, has anyone told them that Scott always uses the “multiple mystery teams for more money” line? And that part of your job as GM is to distinguish between possibility vs. sheer lunacy? Good grief!

  6. Bill - Dec 9, 2009 at 1:14 AM

    The SF Giants are clearly in need of a veteran catcher. Perhaps they were the other team.

  7. Reif - Dec 9, 2009 at 6:16 AM

    The Giants are not in NEED of a veteran catcher. What they NEED is to give the job to their young catching prospect.

  8. Brett - Dec 9, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    To be fair to the Nats, the Royals were reportedly interested in Rodriguez, and with Dayton Moore doing the negotiating, they may have ended up offering 4 years at $11 per. The Nats should get credit for signing him to a contract before the price went up.

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