(Photo by Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive. Does Mike Rizzo need to do something -- anything? -- by 4 P.M. today to help his case for removing the "Acting" prefix from his job title?)
4 P.M. looming: Make a move, Mike!
Ben Goessling of the Washington Times thinks the Nats are perfectly happy to stand pat, or make a few minor moves at best; here's hoping the Rizzo can at least flip Beimel and NJ for mid-level prospects.
But in the interest of rumor mongering, there's this fun little nugget from this morning's Fort Worth Star-Telegram, an otherwise throw-away line in a piece about the Rangers' pursuit of Roy Halladay (and starting pitching help in general):
Other pitchers who might be available are left-handers Zach Duke and John Lannan.
Lannan? Is Mike Rizzo dangling John Lannan out there? Or at least listening to offers?
Of course, last night, word broke that a market for Nick Johnson had miraculously reappeared: with both the Marlins and Rockies reportedly interested; as of 12:30 a.m. this morning, there's reportedly an offer on the table from the Marlins for NJ from the Marlins according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports dot com:
The Marlins are waiting to hear if the Nationals will accept their offer for first baseman Nick Johnson, according to major-league sources.
The proposed deal would send Class AAA right-hander Ryan Tucker to Washington, with the Nationals paying part of the approximately $1.8 million remaining on Johnson's contract.
Guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens...