Uneventful around here the last couple of weeks, huh? With an off day yesterday, the NAAAts sitting 10 games under .500, and back-to-back series' against the Phillies and Mets starting tonight, let's open up this week's Nationals dot com Mailbag! As always, keep those e-mails coming to Nationals.com, and we'll keep copying and pasting them over here and giving our half-assed answers. Thanks a bunch.
Now that Red Sox outfielder Wily Mo Pena has cleared waivers, will the Nationals attempt to acquire him? -- P.R., Oakton, Va.
Our guess is that it was Jim Bowden who told the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo that the NAAAts will not deal for Wily Mo (we mentioned it here on Sunday), but Wily Mo's value couldn't be any lower at the moment (he's been stinking it up all year), and it's always been said that Jim has a serious man crush on WMP. So you'd think Jimbo would be tempted to pull something off. We'd love to see WMP in Washington,
patrolling lumbering around in left in the new park (they're not serious about Da Meathook in left, are they?)...We want Wily Mo! We Want Wily Mo!
What are the Nationals' plans for veteran pitchers such as Mike Bacsik, Micah Bowie and Tim Redding? Should we expect to see them in the starting rotation next year?
-- J.A., Fredericksburg, Va.
Take 'em out to the glue factory...
Is Alex Escobar ever going to return to the Major Leagues?
-- A.R., Washington, D.C.
There's always next year...
What's the status of pitcher Jerome Williams?
-- T.H., San Francisco
You mean the guy we so boldly predicted would lead the team in starts, with 25, this year? Released from AA Harrisburg, Jerome was rescued en route to the glue factory by the Twins, signing a minor league deal.
Now that the Nats have locked up Dmitri Young for at least a couple more years, what is the purpose of keeping Nick Johnson?
-- A.E., Bethesda, Md.
Shouldn't that be the other way around? Here's a better question -- who reports to Spring Training in worse shape next year, Nick J. or Da Meathook?