"I really do think it's closer than what people expect because I think there's a lot of pieces of the puzzle that are already here on the field, and pieces that are here off the field. It excited me."
(Austin Kearns, via Washington Post, 2/2/2007)
Nats willing to gamble at least $17.5 million that Kearns is a building block.
(Photo by Evan Vucci/AP)