Tag:White Sox
Posted on: August 5, 2010 2:43 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 3:10 pm

Guillen DFA; trade probably in works

According to a Twitter post by Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals have designated Jose Guillen for assignment, which would indicate they have a trade in the works for the designated hitter/outfielder.

The DFA designation means the Royals have 10 days to trade or release Guillen, and there's no reason for the Royals to release him and eat the salary unless they're that committed to making a place for prospect Kila Ka'aihue to play the rest of the season. Guillen, an impending free agent, is owed more than $7 million for the rest of the season, and the Royals will probably have to send money to cover part of his salary in a trade, so he'll surely clear waivers.

Guillen is batting .255/.314/.429 with 16 homers and 62 RBI, so he could be a nice addition for someone. But it's going to be someone with some money and a legitimate shot at the playoffs. Obvious matches might include the White Sox and Giants, possibly the Rays or Braves. Guillen has bad knees, so it would be a risk for an NL team to count on him to play defense every day.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 8:24 pm

Sale first 2010 draftee to make bigs

The White Sox welcomed 2010 draft prospect Chris Sale to the major leagues after just 10 1/3 innings in the minors.

As the No. 13 overall pick in the draft, Sale split time with high-Class A Winston-Salem and Triple-A Charlotte, posting a 2.61 ERA, striking out 19 and walking six.

"The first time I see this guy on tape, I asked [GM] Kenny [Williams], 'Why don't we have him here tomorrow?' manager Ozzie Guillen told ChicagoBreakingSports.com.

"We sent him to the minor leagues to get his stuff together," Guillen said, noting that Sale had not pitched in a month after being drafted. "I like what I see on tape. He's got a lot of guts. If this kid throws strikes, he should be fine. I'm very excited to have him."

Sale, for his part, is ready to contribute to a team in the pennant race.

"When I get into a game, it's the real deal," the lefty said. "I'll have to perform well and help this team win.''
-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:39 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:13 pm

Pierre homers for the first time since 2008

Juan Pierre The race is now on -- who will hit a homer next, Alex Rodriguez or Juan Pierre?

In the fifth inning of the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader in Detroit, the White Sox's Juan Pierre hit his 14th career home run. It was his first in 809 at-bats.

In that time, Alex Rodriguez has hit 47 home runs, but none since hitting No. 599 on July 22. Rodriguez hit his 552nd home run the night before Pierre's last home run, a solo shot of Pittsburgh's Marino Salas.

Pierre has twice hit three homers in a season, in 2004 and 2006.

Rodriguez has now gone 43 at-bats without a homer, the longest wait between 599 and 600 of any of the six previous players to reach the mark.

Rodriguez has averaged approximately a homer for every 14.5 at-bats, while Pierre has a homer in roughly every 424 at-bats, so the safe money's on Rodriguez -- but Pierre's the one swinging the hot bat.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 1:00 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 1:03 pm

Sale headed to Chicago?

Move over Mike Leake, Chris Sale may be on the way.

As impressive as Leake's complete skipping of the minor leagues was this season, an even more impressive feat would be pitching in the big leagues the same year you're drafted.

The Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzalez speculates the White Sox's first-round pick from June's draft could be making his debut as soon as tomorrow.

Sale has made 11 appearances in the minors, including seven at Triple-A Charlotte, where he has a 2.84 ERA with 15 strikeouts and four walks in 6 1/3 innings.

Sale was taken No. 13 overall out of Florida Gulf Coast University and signed less than two weeks following the draft. Only two of the players drafted ahead of Sale have even signed.

Gonzalez notes White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn scouted Sale two weeks ago.

The left-hander projects as a starter, but has been used in relief in the minors after he threw 103 innings in college. Coincidently, Monday the Cubs' Casey Coleman became the first-ever Florida Gulf Coast University prospect to make the big leagues. Coleman was drafted in the 15th round of the 2008 draft.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 9:00 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 9:36 pm

Soriano agrees with Guillen

Ozzie Guillen The fallout from Ozzie Guillen's contention that Dominican players are not treated as well as Japanese players continues.

After the White Sox publicly disagreed with Guillen's thoughts, Alfonso Soriano of the Cubs chimed in by agreeing with Guillen that non-English speaking players should have interpreters.

"I think that's good, because we have an example here with [Starlin] Castro," Soriano told Paul Sullivan of ChicagoBreakingSports.com. "We have Ivan DeJesus as a coach, and he's the translator for Castro, so we've got someone so the players can be more comfortable talking with a guy who understands the language."

Soriano did point out, however, that if he was to return to Japan, he would bring his own interpreter with him. It is commonplace for Japanese players to have an interpreter stateside, while Dominican players -- who generally sign young and go through the minors, as opposed to Japanese players -- attend classes.

"That's the difference, because they come here like a man, not a kid," Soriano said of Japanese players. "If you see the way Dominicans or Latins come to the United States, they come like 19-year-olds and they have time to learn. But if you see Japanese players, they already played  in the [Japan League] and they want to feel comfortable and make a lot of money and have guys work for them just because that's what they do in Japan. They don't have time to learn [English]."

Although Castro requires an interpreter, Soriano hopes he will eventually learn English. When closer Carlos Marmol made his major-league debut in 2006, he did not speak English. However, he does now and regularly communicates with reporters and teammates in English.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 5:16 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2010 5:18 pm

Guillen stirs controversy, but isn't wrong

Ozzie Guillen Comments will be overflowing and people will spew all sorts of hate toward White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen after his latest rant, but it's going to be tough to bring facts to counter his argument that Asian players are treated better by baseball than Latin American players.

On Sunday Guillen told the Associated Press : "I say, why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don't have a Spanish one. I always say that. Why do they have that privilege and we don't?" Guillen said Sunday before Chicago played the Oakland Athletics. "Don't take this wrong, but they take advantage of us. We bring a Japanese player and they are very good and they bring all these privileges to them. We bring a Dominican kid ... go to the minor leagues, good luck. Good luck. And it's always going to be like that. It's never going to change. But that's the way it is."

Guillen's rant was prompted by his trip to see his son Oney play in the minor leagues and notice the team had a translator for a Korean player, but not one for the Spanish-speaking players. Guillen said his son was serving as the translator for fellow Spanish-speaking players.

Guillen also went on to say Major League Baseball doesn't care that Lain American players are being encouraged to use performance-enhancing drugs.

From the AP story:
"It's somebody behind the scene making money out of those kids and telling them to take something they're not supposed to," Guillen said. "If you tell me, you take this ... you're going to be Vladimir Guerrero, you're going to be Miguel Cabrera, you're going to be this guy ... I'll do it. Because I have seven brothers that sleep in the same room. I have to take care of my mother, my dad. ... Out of this I'm going to make money to make them better."

Guillen said he's trying to educate players from Latin America about steroids and other banned drugs.

"I'm the only one to teach the Latinos about not to use," he said. "I'm the only one and Major League Baseball doesn't [care]. All they care about -- how many times I argue with the umpires, what I say to the media. But I'm the only one in baseball to come up to the Latino kids and say not to use this and I don't get any credit for that.

"They look at you and they say, `Good for you Ozzie,"' he said. "Ozzie said it, don't worry about it. If somebody else said it they would be playing that [stuff] every day on the jumbotron. ... I'm the only one that came up with that idea. I did it for the Latino kids. ... I want to help those kids."

Guillen also said players from Latin America are considered too old to sign if they're past 16 or 17, yet college prospects from the U.S. are often signed at age 22 or 23.
The only bit of hyperbole from Guillen -- who is prone to hyperbole on occassion -- is that he's the only one that cares and the only one teaching the players not to use PEDs. To him, though, it may seem like he's the only one.

This spring I talked to a player who'd played in Korea last season about how different it was. After spending a season in a foreign culture, this American player said he had new-found respect for his Latin American teammates and what they went through. He realized how much help he had as a foreigner in Korea with a translator and the team finding him a furnished apartment and other amenities. Before that, he said, he never realized just how hard it had to be for his Latin American teammates in the minor leagues who had to figure that out on their own and through the help of teammates and some Spanish-speaking coaches. "I don't know how they do it," this player said.

If you want to stick to the facts and not just spew hate toward Guillen, it's tough to argue against what he said. But if you want to spew hate and racist taunts, not much will stop you anyway.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 31, 2010 7:11 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 4:19 pm

Winners/losers of trading deadline

Now that the non-waiver trading deadline is past, it's time to take a look back at the winners and losers. While players aren't done switching teams and plenty more will find new zip codes on their mailing addresses in August via the waiver process, it becomes far harder to pull trades off.

Grades are relative to the team's window of contention, goals at the deadline and outcome -- not to other teams.

Angels: L.A. imported Alberto Callaspo from the Royals to plug the dike that was the third-base gaping hole, then absolutely pilfered Dan Haren away from the Diamondbacks. They promptly lost Joel Pineiro to injury, but do have a greater chance at competing this season, even as the Rangers improved themselves. For 2011 and 2012, they kept themselves right in contention to be division champions. With money coming off the books the next season and two, they should be players in free agency and now can trumpet Haren as a front-line pitcher for free agents to play with. Grade: B+

J.A. Happ Astros: The Astros did well in the idea of trading away Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt to begin the trading process. The return for Oswalt from Philadelphia met with a few raised eyebrows. The team is high on J.A. Happ (pictured, left) even though no one else is. The deal was salvaged by flipping Anthony Gose from Brett Wallace. The Lance Berkman trade was tough to swallow. They traded a face of the franchise to the Yankees, picking up salary along the way for retread prospects. This was a deal strictly about money, not about helping the team -- although it did free up a spot for Wallace. Grade: C+

Athletics: The Billy Beane-led A's did nothing at the deadline, which wasn't the wrong choice. Texas and Los Angeles made too many steps to outpace a team that was going to have a hard time keeping pace anyways. What didn't make sense was their adamant position that they wanted to keep Ben Sheets and not trade him. But whoops -- a torn flexor tendon that knocks Sheets out for about a year and causes $10 million to go down the drain in Oakland happened. Grade: D

Blue Jays: Toronto had to give up intriguing prospects Tim Collins and Tyler Pastornicky to ship out Alex Gonzalez to the Braves, but got back young shortstop Yunel Escobar and pitching depth in Jo-Jo Reyes. Gonzalez was a great flier for the rebuilding Jays rather than the short-term Gonzalez -- There's tons of upside with Yunel. Demerits are assessed by a reportedly high price to trade Jason Frasor, Kevin Gregg or Scott Downs. None of them will help Toronto contend anytime soon, and the fact that Jesus Montero and Casey Kelly were prices for Downs is outrageous. They should have done everything they could to move Frasor, and probably could have gotten nice value for Gregg. The only defensible non-trade is Downs, who probably will be a Type-A free agent. Grade: C+

Braves: The Braves made moves for this year, but severely damaged their long-term chances in the process. Selling Yunel Escobar off for Gonzalez, Collins and Pastornicky was questionable enough, but then turned Collins, fungible reliever Jesse Chavez and outfielder Gregor Blanco. Huh? Grade: C- ... and it's not a D because they did at least improve their chances this year.

Brewers: The Brewers did nothing except try to improve their pitching and determine whether it was time to trade Prince Fielder or not. Fielder is likely a goner in the offseason or next season's trade deadline, but there's nothing wrong with hanging onto him. There wasn't much Milwaukee was in a position to do. Jim Edmonds reportedly didn't want to ship out, and past that they didn't have much in the way of valuable trade chips. Grade: N/A

Cardinals: The Cardinals brought in Jake Westbrook. That was good. They traded Ryan Ludwick. Not so good. There are hints that the Ludwick dealing was financially motivated to keep Albert Pujols in town. That's well and good, but Ludwick-to-Westbrook is largely a lateral move, even factoring in more playing time for Colby Rasmus. Grade: C

Cubs: It's tough to begin a rebuilding process once again, but Ted Lilly was a free agent so there was no overwhelming reason to keep him. Ryan Theriot has become punchless at the plate, and they upgrade with Blake DeWitt from the Dodgers anyways. Kyle Smit and Brett Wallach -- two young, minor-league pitchers -- are decent arms. They tried to deal Derrek Lee, but Lee nixed it with his no-trade clause. Can't penalize GM Jim Hendry for that. Grade: B-

Diamondbacks: The Dan Haren trade was odd, no two ways about it. Yes, Joe Saunders won quite a few games in Los Angeles, but so what? He's a No. 4 starter who has a shot at being a No. 3 by virtue of being in the NL, but that's about it. The prospects acquired were underwhelming, although the expected acquisition of Tyler Skaggs will soothe jilted D-Backs fans somewhat. Snyder was a pure cash dump -- but not indefensible. If the team's not contending, why pay a backup catcher millions? Even without receiving anyone of true value, except perhaps D.J. Carrasco, it was high time for Arizona to move on from Snyder. They won out on Edwin Jackson big time, shedding salary for an underperforming starter and getting a young, cost-controllable starter (Daniel Hudson) along with prospect David Holmberg.

Dodgers: The Dodgers gave up quite a bit for Octavio Dotel, even if Dotel is cost-controllable through 2011 on a team option. That trade may come back to bite them hard, even if they needed Dotel to challenge for the division. The Ted Lilly acquisition was nice, and if you concede that Blake DeWitt was the price for Lilly, then Ryan Theriot wasn't a bad grab either. They definitely put the pieces together to contend, but is it too little, too late? Grade: C+

Giants: San Francisco tried to bring in a bat. They really did. They tried for Adam Dunn, David DeJesus (and if he hadn't gotten hurt for K.C., might be in San Fran right now), Scott Podsednik... but nothing came together. They instead settled for two middle relievers: Ramon Ramirez and Javier Lopez. Giving up John Bowker and Joe Martinez for Lopez is a curious move, even if they have strong outfield depth. Jonathan Sanchez was a popular name in talks for a bat, but S.F. was understandably leery of dealing the lefty. The Ramirez trade cost them an average middle relief prospect. They'll continue mixing-and-matching on offense, and the bullpen is definitely better off for the adds. Grade: B

Jake Westbrook Indians: The Indians wanted to get rid of people they didn't want and had no need for. The millions they saved in shipping Kerry Wood and Austin Kearns off -- even without getting any players of consequence in return -- were worth it. Westbrook (pictured, right) finally was shipped out as well, and while prospect Corey Kluber isn't an exciting name, he's enough of an intriguing player that the Indians clearly came out ahead in this season's trade deadline, which was all about shedding irrelevant pieces. Would have been nice for a rebuilding team to get a good prospect, though. Grade: B

Mariners: The Mariners dealt Cliff Lee to get Justin Smoak and a bevy of prospects. That was a solid deal, even if Smoak has just been demoted to Triple-A. That was it, however. While Seattle is in a different place than most rebuilding clubs because they are contenders just struggling through an awful season (advice to GM Jack Zduriencik: bring in some bats next year for a change). Still, it's surprising they weren't more active. The reason Russ Branyan was acquired and then not flipped is... heck, I don't know. Grade: C

Marlins: The Marlins shipped off Jorge Cantu, who was playing third base. That temporary lack of depth at third hurts, although Chris Coghlan will man the hot corner once he returns from injury. It was nice to see the Marlins bring in Will Ohman to contribute out of the bullpen, however. Florida was in a tough place: a team good enough to contend, but not quite good enough to be true buyers. They essentially held serve here while saving a bit of money and importing Evan Reed from the Cantu trade, who has a chance to develop into a nice arm. Grade: B-

Mets: The Mets did nothing here, even though they would have loved to get rid of Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez and Jeff Francouer. No one was having any of it, though, and New York was adamant in not trading its top prospects. You can argue they should have loosened the purse strings a bit to bring in someone, but there was no one overwhelming that made sense for a team slipping out of the division race. A middle-of-the-rotation starter would have been a lateral move, while only a major hitter could have been considered an upgrade -- and then you're back to having to deal top prospects. One problem: their window of contention is now. Grade: C-

Nationals: The Nationals failed to trade Adam Dunn. There is zero reason why they shouldn't have. Grade: F

Orioles: The Orioles are once again a team with no plan, trading away reliever Will Ohman for a fringe major-league reliever. For a squad headed to one of the worst finishes in team history, why exactly they weren't more aggressive sellers is baffling. Ty Wigginton is still on this team... why? The one saving grace is shipping Miguel Tejada off for Wynn Pelzer, who might turn into quite a relief arm. Grade: D+

Ryan Ludwick Padres: I think this Jed Hoyer guy is going to end up a nice GM. The Miguel Tejada trade was OK -- nothing special, but didn't exactly cost much either and the Padres had a real need for someone with decent pop who can play the infield. The Ryan Ludwick (pictured, right) trade was incredible -- he immediately becomes the team's second-best hitter, trading away no one of consequence. Grade: B+

Phillies: The Phillies gave up J.A. Happ and two far-away prospects for Roy Oswalt, emphatically closing the book on the idiotic idea to trade Cliff Lee in the offseason. It would have been nice if they could have imported a utility player like Ty Wigginton or Willie Bloomquist for the stretch run, as Chase Utley isn't exactly on the verge of returning and the depth on the bench is thin. However, after the initial trade for Lee and later the Oswalt deal, the Phillies are near tapped out on money and prospects. Bottom line: they did what they could. Grade: B+

Pirates: The Bucs were quiet then exploded in a frenzy, acquiring Chris Snyder in a buy-low move that saw them give up absolutely no one of consequence . Ryan Church is a backup outfielder, D.J. Carrasco is a solid middle reliever and not much else and backup infielder Bobby Crosby. If he plays full-time, Snyder has a real chance to reclaim the value that made Arizona sign him to a contract extension in the first place -- which 'Zona will help pay. Pittsburgh then shipped out a lefty reliever best used against just lefties for a swingman in Joe Martinez and a solid outfielder who can give them years of cheap production, even if he never morphs into a starting regular. The Octavio Dotel trade to L.A was sublime , getting a viable starter who could end up a strong reliever and one of the Dodgers' best prospects in Andrew Lambo. Grade: A

Rangers: Boy howdy, was Texas busy. They bit the bullet to bring in Cliff Lee, which instantly made it viable World Series contenders, then continued to supplement with Jorge Cantu and Cristian Guzman. Obviously, the Rangers are going for it this year and it's hard to fault them when they have such a strong team. It hurts to lose Smoak, but there are questions about his long-term success anyways, and first-base is not exactly impossible a void to fill. Cantu and Guzman cost them a few average prospects, ones that can easily be mortgaged for a chance like this to win a ring. Grade: A

Rays: Tampa Bay brought in a reliever with an ERA over 8, and that was it. (Okay, so Chad Qualls has a chance to be a solid reliever for the team.) The team desperately needs a thumper, although Matt Joyce is currently making everyone smile since being recalled from Triple-A. Tampa is in an interesting position: able to take on payroll for a playoff push, but which is slashing payroll to around $60 million next year. Adam Dunn would have been a great fit, but Tampa can't concede future seasons just for one "win-now" year -- that would be irresponsible. Grade: C+

Red Sox: The Red Sox were largely quiet until the very end, when they shipped off Ramon Ramirez to San Francisco for an average middle-relief prospect. This trade was more about opening space for intriguing names at Triple-A. The team then struck for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, long coveted by the team, for an average first-base prospect and intriguing, but raw, Class A arm. They were unable to make anything come together to supplement the major-league roster, but figure to be active in waiver trading. For a team falling out of the race, besieged by injuries, it was probably prudent not to do anything drastic and instead build until next year while integrating its returning players and seeing who pops up in August. Grade: C

Reds: Cincy is in the hunt for the division but may have benefited by seeing the Cardinals trade away Ryan Ludwick. They have Aroldis Chapman presumably coming up to help the bullpen shortly and no overwhelming holes. Making a trade would have smacked of making a deal for deal's sake. It would not be surprising to learn that they shot high with their targets and couldn't make anything come together. They could stand to add a middle reliever, but also have Aaron Harang and Homer Bailey on the recovery trail. Staying pat was probably smart. Grade: B

Rockies: The Rockies couldn't make anything happen despite a team falling out of the race which had a really good shot at the division. They couldn't trade Brad Hawpe with Todd Helton's struggles. When Troy Tulowitzki went on the disabled list two months ago, it was very disappointing that Colorado decided to stand pat and see how the team played without Tulowitzki to determine whether to be buyers or sellers. They were already planning to buy to help the team with Tulowitzki, so it should be no surprise Colorado found itself out of the race. They should have done more. Grade: D

Rick Ankiel Royals: It's not often there are good things to say about the Royals, but there's a time for everything. Kansas City did fantastic in shedding Rick Ankiel (pictured, left) and Kyle Farnsworth to Atlanta. Farns is a strong middle reliever, but that's all he is while Ankiel was blocking other players with a better impact at helping K.C. contend in 2012. The return for Callaspo wasn't terrible, but not great. Grade: B-

Tigers: Detroit had far too many holes to do much of anything. They lost Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen and Brandon Inge all to the disabled list in a short span of time. They bought low on Jhonny Peralta who hammered two home-runs in his Tiger debut. You would have liked to see the Tigers be a bit more aggressive with the AL Central division crown available, but it's hard to blame them for holding onto their major prospects. There is no silver bullet available to make up for all the losses. Grade: C +

Twins: The Twins really love saves, as they traded one of the best prospects in Wilson Ramos for Matt Capps of Washington. Take the saves out, and Capps is an approaching-overpriced solid middle reliever. Even though Ramos had lost his luster somewhat, it's still a confusing move. They didn't get the starting pitcher they coveted either. Grade: D

White Sox: The ChiSox did everything they could and more to bring in Adam Dunn, but refused to sacrifice their future in Gordon Beckham. They acquired Edwin Jackson for Daniel Hudson and a minor leaguer, perhaps hoping to flip Jackson to the Nationals. That's a no-go, so while the White Sox did technically upgrade their rotation, it's unclear whether they would have done so if they knew they wouldn't get Dunn. Plus, Jackson makes $8.35 million next year. Grade: C

Yankees: The Bronx Bombers wielded their financial might to bring in Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns and Kerry Wood at minimal cost. Berkman has the most chance to make an impact, taking on the role the Yankees thought Nick Johnson would. Kearns and Wood are supplemental pieces to the bench and bullpen, respectively, and won't be a huge loss if they don't work out. Overall, they gave up next-to-nothing in talent and cash they could burn anyways. The team made an aggressive push for Cliff Lee, but fell apart. In a market with no other clear upgrade than Lee, the Yankees decided to play it safe and keep their minor-league chips. Grade: B

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:19 pm

No deal for Dunn

Mike Rizzo said he wouldn't trade Adam Dunn just to do it, and apparently he meant it. Even without an extension in place and with Dunn an impending free agent, the Nationals general manager turned down offers he felt weren't good enough and let the deadline pass without dealing him.

Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio said via Twitter that Rizzo told him Dunn is staying, which means there was no last-minute deal we haven't heard about yet. And unlike with some players, the non-waiver deadline was the last chance to move Dunn, who would almost certainly be claimed on waivers if the Nationals tried to move him in the next month.

So White Sox GM Kenny Williams apparently wasn't able to work his magic this time. It will be interesting to see whether there's any fallout in the White Sox clubhouse, as some players were vocal about wanting to see Williams add a bat. It will also be interesting to see whether there's fallout from the possibility that Chicago's acquisition of Edwin Jackson was supposed to be a step in getting Dunn, and that the Nationals might have changed terms after the Jackson trade.

-- David Andriesen

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