- The Adam Kennedy signing is official. This again puts the Nats at 41 on their 40-man roster. A corresponding move is being made but has yet to be announced. My guess is it’s going to be an arm. The names that jump out at me are Luis Atilano, Jess English, or Doug Slaten.
- The Post has apparently brought Adam Kilgore back to replace Chico Harlan on the Nats beat (H/T to Mike Harris). Kilgore has been covering the Patriots for the Boston Globe but has some history covering baseball. It’s a solid hire.
- And Baseball America has their latest round of minor league transactions: Nats signed: LHP Mike Venafro and re-signed OF Edgardo Baez. The 36-year old Venafro was born in Takoma Park, MD; he has not pitched at the professional level since 2007. While Baez returns to the Nats in 2010. The 24-year old Baez will have to sit out the first 17 games of the season as he completes his suspension for violation of the drug policy; I’ll say he starts in Harrisburg.
#1 by WallyBall - February 12th, 2010 at 18:28
That Post hiring is a curious one. Looks like a net addition, headcountwise, and yet they didn’t go for Zuckerman?
#2 by Sue Dinem - February 12th, 2010 at 19:06
That’s assuming that this isn’t something that’s been in progress since before Zuckerman became “available,” but even if it isn’t, Kilgore is younger and undoubtedly cheaper and has a known track record.
In short, it doesn’t surprise me.
#3 by Nate - February 12th, 2010 at 20:20
“Moneyball” Mike Venafro! He’ll probably see less snow in Syracuse than Takoma Park.
#4 by peric - February 12th, 2010 at 21:23
I strongly suspect they are getting their fill in Syracuse where 58″ or so is considered a reasonably mild winter. They are used to it and so never complain … and their fleet of gigantic snow plows is always at the ready.
#5 by Jeff E. - February 13th, 2010 at 00:51
I will muzzle myself until the spring cuts, Brian!! Funny how an 18 year old several years later makes you ask- he was a second rounder?? Nice trade by Blackhawks, Caps fans!!
#6 by Positively Half St. - February 13th, 2010 at 08:41
My sister is in Syracuse, and has enjoyed teasing me that she always said we should have settled in a town with a more temperate climate like theirs.
They generally don’t complain about the amount of snow, just the number of days without sunshine in the winter. It gets pretty depressing.
#7 by Positively Half St. - February 13th, 2010 at 08:43
Speaking of snowy places, the time stamp is one hour ahead of Eastern Time, which indicates that Brian is writing this from Nova Scotia in the Atlantic TIme Zone.
#8 by Sue Dinem - February 13th, 2010 at 12:50
That’s because there are only two seasons in upstate New York: winter and roadwork.
A couple of stat writeups from NP’s newest writer (link in name)
#9 by Brian Oliver - February 13th, 2010 at 13:25
SueD – I wish I could argue, but I was born there and it’s true. Though we would have never lost an entire week of school/work to the snow we got. Maybe a day (but more likely a two hour delay)
#10 by Sue Dinem - February 13th, 2010 at 15:39
Brian, in the spirit of disclosure: I got that line from a woman I worked with who grew up in Rochester. She also made me a convert to Wegman’s ;-)
#11 by Brian Oliver - February 13th, 2010 at 15:41
Wegmans! I could not be happier when they opened in the area. Though to be honest, it was just our local grocery store back in the day.
#12 by Ryan Sullivan - February 13th, 2010 at 15:45
Tip of the cap to you: I have liked your work over at the other site recently. Keep up the good work and I hope to catch a game with you this season.
#13 by Ryan Sullivan - February 13th, 2010 at 15:47
I was curious who you might have as your breakout hitter and pitcher for the Nats minors this year? Someone asked me this the other day and I have spent far too much time thinking about it, and was curious of your thoughts.
#14 by Brian Oliver - February 13th, 2010 at 15:50
Sounds like a good posting ;)
Off the top of my head
Breakout hitter: Marcus Jones (coming back from injury)
Breakout pitcher: Paul Demny
#15 by Ryan Sullivan - February 13th, 2010 at 15:57
Interesting choices… for me:
Hitter: Kobernus was too obvious but I loved him in the Cape, but I’ll go with Adrian Nieto. Just way too much talent in that kid for him not to flourish.
Pitcher: Jeff Mandel as he is moving to the bullpen or Graham Hicks
#16 by Mark L - February 13th, 2010 at 17:56
Brian & Sue, As someone who grew up in that area, I must correct you. We had summer; it was known to everyone else as July 17th.
#17 by Jeff E - February 16th, 2010 at 12:21
Jones would be huge as RH stick break out in A level. I sense, Brian, that nats were trying to bring SHEFF into camp as role player to hang with Burgess in back lots??????