Our weekly look at the Nationals players in the Winter Leagues, with all statistics as of 12:59 a.m.
on December 4, 2011.
In lieu of a morning reading post unto itself, I’m passing along the following…
…Federal Baseball writes about how Josh Smoker is one of the most viable Rule 5 targets the Nationals could lose. Lefties that can consistently throw 94-96 are always valuable commodities; my concern is that it’s come at the cost of control (6.6 BB/9 in ’11, 5.5 in ’10) not to mention he was starting to tip his pitches down the stretch for Potomac.
…Garrett Broshuis writes about how the new CBA [fudges over] the minor leaguers (again). Like I tweeted to one of my twitter followers, there was a reason why I chose the cartoon that I did for the CBA story, and that’s that the MLB owners aren’t terribly different than the Robber Barons of the Gilded Age.
…Finally, there’s a certain amusement to seeing where Jim Riggleman ended up. I’ll let NatsNQ bring the snark.