"We need some help in our lineup. If you look back to 2006 when [Ryan] Zimmerman had that great season, he wasn't the main focus of this team. It was Alfonso Soriano. I really want to get to a point where some of those kids can just go out there and play and have some weight lifted off their shoulders." (Manny Acta, via Washington Times, 9/30/2008)
The only question is: Will Jimbo blow his entire $15 million offseason budget on Adam Dunn, or does he try to spread it around among a bunch of Johnny Estradas? Follow up question(s): What is Jimbo's offseason budget: $15 million in increases? $10 million? Follow up to the follow up question: Will The Family let Jimbo increase payroll this offseason? One more, while we're at it: how much of Jimbo's budget does he blow on the upcoming 2-year deal for Willie Harris?
Anyway, cue up the Adam Dunn-to-Washington rumors; at the very least he fits in with the ex-Red model.
Ben Goessling of the Washington Times checks in on the state of player development down on the farm.
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