Tom - yes - I was a host mom for Baldwin. I have actually stayed in close contact with Zach and his family over the past two years. His release really comes as somewhat of a surprise. If you look at all of the pitchers in the Nats minor league system last year, his first half stats place him in the top 5%. He had a rough second half, but still ended up in the top 25% of all pitchers (purely based in stats). Zach was in every pitching role last year - starter, reliever and closer. He always did what the organization asked and kept his nose clean on and off the field. I really think he was a victim of his age. Maybe you will think I am biased, but I have had many of my host sons released over the years and only this one was a real question mark for me. But don't count Zach down and out just yet. I wouldn't be surprised if another team acquired him.