According to sources with no knowledge of the situation, the Nationals capped a busy week-plus, which included trades for Lastings Milledge, Elijah Dukes, and Tyler Clippard, the signing of Aaron Boone, and an extension for Wily Mo Pena, by signing Queen Latifah to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. According to unnamed sources with no knowledge of the situation, Latifah will compete for a spot in the rotation, and will also be responsible for helping Lastings Milledge (a.k.a. L.Millz) explore his rap career. Sources tell The Nationals Enquirer that Manny Acta is promising a starting job in center to L.Millz in exchange for a few Toby Keith tunes. Stan Kasten unavailable for comment.
Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan pegs Winners and Losers from the Winter Meetings. One of his losers? Jim Bowden? He explains: "Elijah Dukes needs a coterie of good doctors, not the Washington Nationals' GM trying to rescue him. If there's an upside, it's that Lastings Milledge will look like a choir boy in comparison." Like we said earlier: Elijah is just misunderstood!