Some thoughts on post season free agency and trades. The Nats don't have a lot of help in teh system for next year. They also don't have the talent to deal for top line pitching.
If I left someone out sorry.
RHPs with Options
The big two are Burnett and Schmidt. Weaver, Morris, Millwood, Byrd and Johnson may be good pick ups too. Nats are in a tough position compared to the other clubs. Hopefully they can avoid a situation where they can?t get an owner while watching the big spenders grab up the best players.
The Nats need to sign Loaiza to a two-year deal. I read where the Dodgers might be interested. Having seen Armas pitch in the minors I still think he can be a good pitcher but it has been painful watching him this year.
I also want to mention that the Nats should take a look at John Maine. Maine is a good kid with the talent and nerve to pitch in the minors. The Os left him in AAA for most of the year and could be an option. How much the Os would want for him is another question.
Eric Milton was high on Jimbo?s list but Cincy didn?t want to deal with Jimbo. Odalis Perez might be a post-season target and has been mentioned (so were Schmidt and Kip Wells) in trade talks. I read where the Nats expressed in interest in Jason Johnson but no deal could be worked out, evidently the Nats also looked at Danys Baez from Tampa.
There are some pitchers who might be available from Japan but I don?t see the Nats having much of a chance with them.
Tony Armas Jr.
LKPs with Options
Of these LHPs Washburn would have the most appeal to the Nats. My favorite is Lilly who I think would be a nice addition. Rogers would be an interesting choice to say the least.