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The Nats sign Eric Bruntlett, some other guy

Dec 28, 2009, 1:50 PM EDT

The Washington Nationals have signed infielder Eric Bruntlett and first baseman Josh Whitesell.

The shocking thing about this is not so much that someone managed to snatch up Bruntlett and Whitesell before the bidding wars began, as it is that we learn about it through a team press release.

My guess:  Buster Olney and Ken Rosenthal were both trying to be the first to break this baby, encountered each other as they were going to meet the same source in a parking garage somewhere, and then killed each other in pitched battle, with the story being the ultimate victim in all of this.

As for the deals themselves, I can only assume that Bruntlett’s championship pedigree will combine with Jason Marquis’ veteran presence (and according to reports, Marquis is a veteran) to put the Nats over the top in 2010.  I think they had to take Whitesell because his daddy donated the money for the scoreboard or something.

  1. phils36 - Dec 28, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    bruntlett’s contract probably has initiatives based on his beard.

  2. The Bruntlett of the Joke - Dec 28, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    When Bruntlett relegates another player to “some other guy” status, you know you’ve got an uninspiring story on your hands.

  3. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Dec 29, 2009 at 8:16 AM

    Sadly, Craig’s penchant for going after cheap-and-easy targets is going to start leading to questions about his other choices.

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