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  • Nats sign OF Tucker, re-sign RHP Ayala

    Bowden just randomly signed some loser OF. Can you say Wil Cordero?
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    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slu...v=ap&type=lgns

    Free agent outfielder Michael Tucker agreed Monday to a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals, who also gave a $2.2 million, two-year contract with reliever Luis Ayala.

    Tucker is a career .257 hitter during 11 seasons with Kansas City, Atlanta, Cincinnati, the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco and Philadelphia. He was traded late last season from the Giants to the Phillies and wound up with a combined .239 average with five homers and 36 RBIs in 268 at-bats.

    Ayala, who had been eligible for arbitration, is 24-22 with a 2.75 ERA in three seasons with the Expos/Nationals. He was 8-7 with a 2.66 ERA in 68 appearances last year as the primary setup man before an elbow injury ended his season. He had surgery in October to remove an elbow bone spur.

    He [Ayala] gets $900,000 this year and $1.3 million next year.
    The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

    The A: No

    ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
    Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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    Wil Cordero

    Originally posted by KingJ
    Bowden just randomly signed some loser OF. Can you say Wil Cordero?
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    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slu...v=ap&type=lgns

    Free agent outfielder Michael Tucker agreed Monday to a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals, who also gave a $2.2 million, two-year contract with reliever Luis Ayala.

    Tucker is a career .257 hitter during 11 seasons with Kansas City, Atlanta, Cincinnati, the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco and Philadelphia. He was traded late last season from the Giants to the Phillies and wound up with a combined .239 average with five homers and 36 RBIs in 268 at-bats.

    Ayala, who had been eligible for arbitration, is 24-22 with a 2.75 ERA in three seasons with the Expos/Nationals. He was 8-7 with a 2.66 ERA in 68 appearances last year as the primary setup man before an elbow injury ended his season. He had surgery in October to remove an elbow bone spur.

    He [Ayala] gets $900,000 this year and $1.3 million next year.

    Wil Cordero.
    Yeesh! He was batting at one point .034! and he had gone in an 0-for 22 slump!
    He ended that streak with a double!
    Cristobal

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    • #3
      Originally posted by wilkerson_rulz
      Wil Cordero.
      Yeesh! He was batting at one point .034! and he had gone in an 0-for 22 slump!
      He ended that streak with a double!
      Wil Cordero was horrible, and yet they continued to believe that he would come through in the clutch pinch hit situation. Frankie made some bad managerial moves last year, *cough guzman cough*
      :atthepc
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ryan25Zimmerman
        Frankie made some bad managerial moves last year, *cough guzman cough*
        That wasn't Frankie's fault at all. We had nothing on the bench who was much better than Guzman so he had to keep him in. If it was signing him that you called a mistake, then blame our good friend Jimmie Bowdeen.
        The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

        The A: No

        ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
        Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ryan25Zimmerman
          Wil Cordero was horrible, and yet they continued to believe that he would come through in the clutch pinch hit situation. Frankie made some bad managerial moves last year, *cough guzman cough*
          Once during inter-league play he batted 5th!
          He was DH and was batting .038!!!!!
          Cristobal

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          • #6
            "BUSY'!!! Nationals...from mlb.com

            Busy getting crap and money-wanting players.

            WASHINGTON -- The Nationals continue to stay busy during the offseason. On Monday, they signed reliever Luis Ayala to a two-year, $2.2 million contract and outfielder Michael Tucker to a one-year, $800,000 deal.
            Ayala, who avoided arbitration, will make $900,000 in 2006 and $1.3 million the following year, a bargain considering what pitchers are getting these days. He is the first player since Jose Vidro in 2004 to start his Major League career with the Nationals/Expos and sign a contract for more than one year.

            Ayala, 28, is considered one of the best setup men in baseball. Last season, Ayala appeared in 68 games and went 8-7 with a 2.66 ERA. He appeared in only two games during the month of September because of a bone spur in his right elbow. In October, Ayala had his elbow repaired by Dr. Lewis Yocum and is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

            "He takes the ball every day, he never complains and he gets the job done. He has nasty stuff. He warms up quick to get in a game," general manager Jim Bowden said.

            Agent Joseph Longo said that Ayala started throwing on Jan. 1 and looks forward to playing two more years with the Nationals.

            "They wanted him to know how much they like him and appreciate what he has done. Luis is really happy, and as far as the elbow goes, Dr. Lewis Yocum gave him a clean bill of health," Longo said. "He likes Washington. He likes [manager] Frank Robinson. He likes it there, and their bullpen did about as good as you can get."

            The team now has four players -- Marlon Byrd, Nick Johnson, Brian Schneider and Alfonso Soriano -- who are still eligible for arbitration.

            As for Tucker, he is expected to be the fourth outfielder for the Nationals. Last season, the left-handed-hitting Tucker, 34, spent time with the Giants and Phillies. He hit a combined .239 with five home runs and 36 RBIs.

            This will be the second time Tucker has worked with Bowden. They were together when both were with the Reds from 1999 to 2001. Tucker was a fourth outfielder for Bowden back then.

            "He can play regularly if we have injuries. He is good off the bench. He's a good makeup guy in the clubhouse," Bowden said. "Frank Robinson and I went to a Lakers game at the Staples Center on Friday night and we talked about how much we need to improve the bench, and we talked about how Michael Tucker would fit in so well. We certainly have a need for another outfielder, and we certainly think we have improved our bench."

            Although Tucker is on the team, this does not mean that the Nationals are looking to trade Byrd, Ryan Church or Brandon Watson. According to a source, Robinson is going to have Byrd, Church and Watson battle for the job in center field. The team would like Watson to win the job because he has the potential to be a prototypical leadoff hitter.

            In other news: There will be a Major League/Minor League doubleheader at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium on Sunday, May 21. It will be the first of its kind in Washington history.

            The Nationals will take on the Orioles at 1:05 p.m., followed by the Potomac Nationals taking the field against the Salem Avalanche.
            Cristobal

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