Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Pravda Responds

Bill Ladson checks in from the winter meetings:

1) Confirms the Nats' offer to Burnett.
2) Confirms interest in Vazquez
3) Quotes Bowden as saying they've had "very little" discussion about trading Wilkerson or Sledge (there's a name out of the blue!)
4) The meeting with Boras is because of the Nats' interest in Kevin Millwood and Kenny Rogers.
5) They've spoken with Matt Morris' reps.
6) Ixnay on the LarhetyFay. He says look to Todd Pratt, which would be just dreamy!

The catch is that Pratt is a Type-A free agent. As such, we'd have to forfeit a first-rounder. Although our regular pick is protected, I believe we'd have to give up the one we picked up for Carrasco or Loazia. (I'm sure one of you pedants will correct me if I'm wrong, though!)

BUT.... Philadelphia just signed Kelly Stinnett as a backup catcher, and there's a chance that they won't offer Pratt arbitration. If they don't, then there wouldn't be any compensation for him. But there's a chance they might, even if it's slim. Pratt has played some first base, and might provide a platoon partner for their young first baseman against the toughest lefties. Still, I think they'll pass.

Good job, Ladson!


  • Hey dorks, Kelly Stinnett signed with the Yankees, not the Phillies. As President Bush said to Brownie, "you're doin' a heckuva job ..!"

    By Anonymous big tex, at 12/06/2005 12:49 PM  

  • Well, Tex, it's dork, singular. You're right about Stinnett. I got him and Sal Fasano mixed up on the cavalcade of pathetic backup catchers. The point remains, though.

    And thanks, Mr. President. I'm honored.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 12/06/2005 1:14 PM  

  • Sources tell me that backup catchers are hard to find

    By Anonymous Bill Ladson, at 12/06/2005 1:42 PM  

  • Sources tell me that good beat writers are even harder.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 12/06/2005 1:45 PM  

  • If Philly tendered Pratt and we signed him, we'd lose our 2nd rd pick. I dont believe you can forfeit picks received as compensation.

    -random person reading this blog

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/06/2005 6:27 PM  

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