"If we had had the money for this offseason, we probably would be sitting here with the same result we have right now anyway in terms of the free agent market...I don't think there are any contracts out there that we look at and say, 'Oh, if we had the money, we would've paid that and given that many years.' [So we're trying to get creative by offering contracts to a bunch of dead guys.]"
(Jim Bowden, via The F'Burg Free Lance Star, 01/11/2007)"
Bowden looks to add another stiff to the mix
According to multiple sources outside of the organization, the Nationals have offered knuckleballer Joe Niekro (who died at 61 in October) a Minor League contract.
Niekro (above) unavailable for comment.
Rotation shaping up as: John Patterson and a boatload of question marks -- including a handful of washed up journeymen, a dead guy or two, several former can't-miss prospects, several former can-miss prospects, lots of surgically repaired shoulders, and a bunch of rookies. And possibly Tony Armas.
Anybody seen Pedro Astacio around?
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