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Thursday, January 18, 2007

MLB.com: Nationals set to add vet Womack

Looking to improve their bench, the Nationals are set to sign infielder/outfielder Tony Womack to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, MLB.com has been told.

If he makes the 25-man roster, Womack, 37, would be the team’s all-purpose player. He can play shortstop, second and third base and all three outfield positions. Womack, general manager Jim Bowden and manager Manny Acta were not available for comment.

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NTNgod Posted: January 18, 2007 at 05:51 AM | 39 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dagezi Posted: January 18, 2007 at 06:01 AM (#2282350)
I think this is in fact a trap.
   2. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: January 18, 2007 at 06:02 AM (#2282351)
NRI or no, this is a terrible idea. He's a dire ballplayer.
   3. Ignatius J. Reilly Posted: January 18, 2007 at 06:32 AM (#2282361)
Thank God. I can still wear my Tony Womack t-shirt jersey with pride...
   4. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: January 18, 2007 at 06:35 AM (#2282362)
If he makes the 25-man roster, Womack, 37, would be the team’s all-purpose player. He can play shortstop, second and third base and all three outfield positions.

So can I.
   5. DFA Posted: January 18, 2007 at 08:06 AM (#2282375)
He is best remembered for his years with Arizona and St. Louis.


Will it really be possible to forget any of Womack's stops? I'm sure the Nats are stoked to have a proven winner like Womack around, even if it's only to bolster the spirits of their AAA team.
   6. jyjjy Posted: January 18, 2007 at 08:26 AM (#2282377)
As a Yankee fan I appreciate Womack for being such a ghastly vortex of suck that they had no choice but to give Cano a shot. He would almost definitely still be in the minors or on another team otherwise.
   7. We don't have dahlians at the Palace of Wisdom Posted: January 18, 2007 at 08:48 AM (#2282378)
Finally, a player that can give Christian Guzman a run for his money.
   8. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 18, 2007 at 09:24 AM (#2282385)
Womack, 37, would be the team’s all-purpose player.

What purposes could he possibly serve?
   9. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: January 18, 2007 at 09:41 AM (#2282389)
What purposes could he possibly serve?

ALL OF THEM, SO SHUT UP!!!
   10. JGLB Is Going To Make Faerun Great Again Posted: January 18, 2007 at 01:15 PM (#2282437)
Looking to improve their bench, the Nationals are set to sign infielder/outfielder Tony Womack to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, MLB.com has been told.


Please tell me that Womack is some sort of carpenter, and they're not actually signing him.
   11. Honkie Kong Posted: January 18, 2007 at 01:17 PM (#2282439)
who is going to play second for the Gnats?
I mean, if Womack isn't signed...

And who picked up harris when the Reds waived him?
   12. Chris Needham Posted: January 18, 2007 at 01:55 PM (#2282456)
Don't laugh. They just signed Jose Macias to a minor-league deal a few weeks back.

With the way the roster is shaping up, I expect both of them to make the roster as starting pitchers.
   13. AROM Posted: January 18, 2007 at 01:56 PM (#2282458)
What purposes could he possibly serve?

Helping the Nats secure the #1 draft pick in 2008.

Imagine Guzman and Womack in the same lineup. You'll knock the starting pitcher out early, because he won't be able to control his laughter enough to throw a pitch.
   14. Honkie Kong Posted: January 18, 2007 at 01:59 PM (#2282459)

Imagine Guzman and Womack in the same lineup. You'll knock the starting pitcher out early, because he won't be able to control his laughter enough to throw a pitch.


Charge of the Light Hitting brigade!
   15. Covfefe Posted: January 18, 2007 at 02:04 PM (#2282461)
OK... with Wohack and Macias both under Nat contract - and Neifarious still under contract in Detroit --- you'd think the Cubs would be safe... leave it to Hendry to find a DWH (Designated Worthless Hacker) in Tomas Perez.

Guzman, Womack, and maybe Macias playing in the same lineup? I might be able to post a quality start against that dreck!
   16. Chris Needham Posted: January 18, 2007 at 02:08 PM (#2282464)
Don't forget Nook Logan patrolling center!
   17. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 18, 2007 at 02:24 PM (#2282471)
"Please tell me that Womack is some sort of carpenter..."

Who was that pitcher a couple years ago who used to work as a carpenter in his non-baseball career? Was it Geraldo Guzman?
   18. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: January 18, 2007 at 02:31 PM (#2282478)
who is going to play second for the Gnats?
Felipe Lopez is switching from short to second.

And who picked up harris when the Reds waived him?
Tampa Bay.
   19. jyjjy Posted: January 18, 2007 at 02:50 PM (#2282482)
Imagine Guzman and Womack in the same lineup.

As speedy proven veterans who know how to win games I'm sure they will bat 1 and 2 in the line-up.
   20. Mudpout Posted: January 18, 2007 at 03:26 PM (#2282500)
I think at this point Womack has clearly set a pattern of taking his team to the playoffs if they're the only team he plays for during the regular season. So the Nationals made the right move, they got him now, and as long as he's on the roster from April to September, they'll be dancing in late October. Right this down in pen, 'cus it's happening: Washington Nationals... 2007 NL Champs.
   21. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2007 at 04:25 PM (#2282527)
The Nats are starting to remind me of the late 90s Royals.
   22. Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™ Posted: January 18, 2007 at 04:32 PM (#2282536)
Not back with the Cubs, huh? I guess the Tomas Perez signing meant there just wasn't any room for that crucial 8th utility infielder.
   23. greenback fixes the cable Posted: January 18, 2007 at 04:38 PM (#2282541)
Womack's assignment with the Cardinals isn't complete. First he had to suck for the Cubs, then of course he was decent for the Cardinals in 2004, then he had to suck for the Yankees and Reds, and then he had to collide with Daric Barton to make the Mulder trade look better.

I was hoping he would sign with Milwaukee.
   24. Dandy Little Glove Man Posted: January 18, 2007 at 04:55 PM (#2282557)
The similarities between Guzman and Womack are almost eerie. Both have a career OPS+ of 73. Both have a career RC/27 below 4 while playing exclusively in a high run-scoring era. Both have had exactly 1 year above an 80 OPS+ this millennium. In spite of their offensive records, both have been selected to 1 All-Star game and have been voted top 25 in the MVP balloting once (they are tied for 1429th all-time with .01 MVP shares).

My guess is that the Nationals are worried that Guzman might not be able to stay healthy all year. Thus, they looked to sign the player most like him on the market, so that the team could play through a Guzman injury as if he were still in the lineup. It now appears that they have succeeded, thereby minimizing the effects on the team of such an injury. Congratulations, Washington Nationals, on claiming the throne as the king of risk management.
   25. Tim D Posted: January 18, 2007 at 05:24 PM (#2282578)
"ghastly vortex of suck"

That is Neifi's nickname. No fair stealing it.
   26. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 18, 2007 at 05:37 PM (#2282594)
What purposes could he possibly serve?

His only value appears to be his versatility, much like Clay Bellinger. You avoid some roster moves when a couple of players are out for a few games, but that's about it.
   27. John Northey Posted: January 18, 2007 at 06:17 PM (#2282623)
Heh. The curse all Expo fans gave to the team when it moved continues to grow!
   28. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 18, 2007 at 06:33 PM (#2282634)
greenback06: How does sucking for the Yankees benefit the Cardinals?

Also, the obvious next place for him to go would be the Astros. Maybe the Expos can trade him for Wandy Rodriguez, and then he can spend his days punching his teammates in the face.
   29. phredbird Posted: January 18, 2007 at 07:10 PM (#2282661)
crispix, the yankees were his next stop after st. louis and he had to suck to shut the mouths of the knucklehead fans in st. louis who value scrappy light hitting guys and who still pine for whitey and hate TLR and stuff like that ...
the only reason i miss womack is that he was my favorite hate magnet on the cards ... he was part of a group that included at various times the dreaded tino martinez and fernando vina ... i've tried to transfer my loathing to so taguchi but i can't do it, he's kind of likable ... i'd like some feedback on who's going to be infuriatingly sucktastic for the cards next year so i can send all my negative vibes to a benign target.
   30. MNB Posted: January 18, 2007 at 09:07 PM (#2282734)
I grew up as a fan of the Expos and found it surprisingly easy to switch to switch my 'loyalties' to the Nationals. I've enjoyed cheering for them up until now. I don't know if I'll be able to continue cheering for them if Tony F. Womack is ever on the 25 man roster. There is just no good that can come of this. None.
   31. TOLAXOR Posted: January 18, 2007 at 11:48 PM (#2282799)
MAN, WHERE IS THE INTIMIDATOR WHEN YOU NEED HIM???!!!
   32. NTNgod Posted: January 19, 2007 at 12:43 AM (#2282839)
AP: Womack, Lee, Jimenez agree to minor league deals with Nationals
Tony Womack and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league deal that would pay the veteran infielder $600,000 if he makes the 40-man roster.

Womack was among 12 players who agreed to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training, a group that also includes first baseman Travis Lee and infielder D'Angelo Jimenez.
...
The other players agreeing to minor league deals were: right-handers Jesus Colome and Anastacio Martinez; left-handers Luis Martinez and Arnie Munoz; outfielders George Lombard and Abraham Nunez; and infielders Melvin Dorta, Jose Macias and Jorge Toca.
   33. WayneG Posted: January 19, 2007 at 02:54 AM (#2282897)
The Nats are starting to remind me of the late 90s Royals.

Forget that, the Nats remind me of the late 90s-early 00s Expos. I flew to Montreal in August 2001 for one game vs SanFran and three vs. Cincinnati. The Sunday game, I wanted to squeeze in the last game before catching a suppertime flight. Great call.

The Expos starting battery was Bobby Munoz pitching to Randy Knorr. After Munoz got pummelled out of the game in the 2nd, the Spos mopped up with Masato Yoshii, Britt Reames, and Darwin Cubillan. Mark Smith got to play again, giving me and my friend a chance to boo every time we heard his name or saw his chubby face on the Jumbotron. Ryan Minor got three ABs at third, Mike Mordecai got a little time at 1B. The Expos lost about 37-2.

What a despicable team. They had just 4 guys (2 regulars) with OPS+ over 100: Vlad, Vidro, then Raines (78 AB) and Schneider (41AB). Peter Bergeron had 375 AB and a 42 OPS+. The aforementioned Mr. Minor put up a 20 OPS+ at 3B. Tony Womack and Jose Macias would probably have represented talent upgrades to that lot. Bleck.
   34. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: January 19, 2007 at 03:04 AM (#2282900)
>MLB.com: Nationals set to add vet Womack

Ummmm... Tony Womack?
   35. AMcK75 Posted: January 19, 2007 at 05:32 AM (#2282928)
i'd like some feedback on who's going to be infuriatingly sucktastic for the cards next year so i can send all my negative vibes to a benign target.


I'm planning on non-walkin' Juan Encarnacion to be my Cards frustration magnet for significant playing time and being "infuriatingly sucktastic". Because, really, what's the point at being mad at the 24th man on the bench for not being very good?
   36. phredbird Posted: January 19, 2007 at 05:46 AM (#2282931)
That's exactly what i mean ... it seems we always have at least one regular who is just awful that we somehow got saddled with or that jocketty took a chance on or whatever. the thing with womack was that he actually had an allright year with us in 2004 because he got off to a hot start, then regressed to his true sucktasticness ... but there was no way NO WAY he was going to be near acceptable for another year and i was overjoyed when the cards got rid of him.
you've reminded me that juan swing at everything was my hate magnet last year ... i didn't know he was still with the team, so if he is he will be my hate magnet this year.
   37. Lassus Posted: January 19, 2007 at 06:03 AM (#2282935)
I'm not all that convinced Vina and Womack aren't the same person.

Do we ever see them in the same place at the same time?

My 2003 fantasy team doesn't count.

Don't ask.
   38. CFBF Is The Victim of Unfathomable Pinheadery Posted: January 19, 2007 at 06:05 AM (#2282936)
I just don't get this. I know I'm repeating the sentiments of others, but still, I just don't get this.

I know it's a minor league deal and a NRI. I get that. It's low-cost. But, I mean, is the fact that Tony Womack is an awful baseball player right now even up for debate at this point?

Cheap is one thing. But there's no value to paying very little to a god-awful player.

I'm serious here. I want to know what a Major League team, run by actual human beings, would see in a signing like this. I want to know why someone would make this deal.
   39. AMcK75 Posted: January 20, 2007 at 12:05 AM (#2283370)
I hate to even think it, but my backup hate magnet is Kennedy - I just have this completely irrational thought in the middle of my mind that he's going to crater Tino style. I just can't think about Molina in that manner, though he's an obvious choice, since I was inducted into the "pudgy catcher fan club" by a coworker.

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