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Friday, January 12, 2007

Nats - Signed Claussen, Williams

Washington Nationals - Signed P Jerome Williams to a 1-year contract; signed P Pickles Claussen to a minor-league contract.

The Nats have an awful farm system and without any impact pitchers coming through (Chico and Mock could be bottom-of-the-rotation guys, but there’s no star potential), these are the types of risks the team should be taking.  They could be going for .500 in a couple of years if they can keep the offensive core together (and if they can identify exactly who the offensive core is, which I’m not too sure about) and get lucky on a couple of these pitchers.

Claussen’s would certainly be the better pitcher (and, in fact, would probably still be a Red) if not for the fact that he’s coming off surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff.  Williams is healthy, but he really was awful in the minors last season, but it’s not like he’s going to block anyone good.

2007 ZiPS Projections
Player     W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
Claussen   9 10 26 26 147 147   77 20 55 110 4.71
Williams   6 10 31 24 150 164   88 22 58 71 5.28


Dan Szymborski Posted: January 12, 2007 at 07:23 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Excel Hearts Choi Posted: January 12, 2007 at 07:52 PM (#2279568)
Bowden really gets ripped around here for some of his wheelin' and dealin', but then makes some moves that indicate intelligence and logic. I wonder why he can't be more consistant in his good moves.
   2. VegasRobb Posted: January 13, 2007 at 12:54 AM (#2279810)
I'm still hopeful that Williams will turn things around. It wasn't too long ago when he was one of the top pitching prospects in baseball.

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