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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Nats - Signed a Bunch to Minor League Contracts
Washington Nationals - Signed C Danny Ardoin, 2B Alejandro Machado, 2B Joey Thurston, SS Josh Wilson, OF Wayne Lydon, OF Darnell McDonald, P Mike Bacsik, P Felix Diaz, P Josh Hall, P Joel Hanrahan, P Colby Lewis, and P Tim Redding.
Ever finish shopping at a store next to a Dollar Store (or similar type of place) with a big wad of cash in your pocket and cannot avoid the temptation to go in and blow it all on mega-savings? Jim Bowden has one of those days every November in which he decides to fill up his entire AAA roster in a single day. Wayne Lydon? Bizarre 3-Liter Bottle of Old Bay Soda? Joey Thurston? AAA Batteries Made in Country That Hasn’t Existed Since 1976? It’s all good!
There are a couple of interesting names here, of course. Joel Hanrahan was once a real prospect. Colby Lewis blew his last chance in Texas by getting injured. Josh Wilson is a better shortstop than either the guy the Nats opened with either of the last 2 years. Darnell McDonald isn’t as bad as Wayne Lydon. Wayne Lydon’s fast. Some meth addicts once thought Tim Redding was good.
No thumbs up or thumbs down for this - it’s just acquiring organizational players. But Bowden gets points in that only Lydon really isn’t good enough to be in Columbus. There are worse 5th outfielders than McDonald out there and worse 5th infielders than Josh Wilson, so given enough time, I’m sure Bowden will find them.
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