Mar 142012
 

First off, the latest transaction post from Baseball America has just one previously unreported item. Justino Cuevas has been released by the Nationals. The 23-year-old batted .281/.304/.432 last season as a reserve for the Hagerstown Suns and Potomac Nationals. No further details are available, but in my opinion, this move may be to his benefit and give him a chance to hook on with another organization while Spring Training is in full swing.

Secondly, the City Council of Winchester bowed to public pressure and unanimously voted down a measure to transfer land to a redevelopment agency, effectively killing the plan to lure the Hagerstown Suns.

This is good news for the folks hoping the Suns will remain in Hagerstown, but as written when this story first surfaced in the dead of winter, this is par for the course in the minors. Ownership groups routinely play one city off another in hopes of a better deal, a better facility, etc. It’s their right because the team is, after all, a business. Municipalities also have the right to say no, because it’s their duty to decide what constitutes a fair use of public monies.

In essence, the situation has returned to where it was before Winchester made its pitch. The question is whether the three players in the game (Hagerstown, the Suns’ owners, and the Nationals) are willing to work towards extending the PDC sooner vs. later, as one of this site’s contributors hopes.

  2 Responses to “A Couple Of Updates”

  1. Improvements to Potomac’s field has yielded promising fruit …

    — IronMan the movie

    Two top prospects, Rendon and Purke will be starting there. Combine perhaps Goodwin and the go-getters from Hagerstown … even with the trade and the loss of Cole still looks to be an interesting roster to follow.

  2. […] PDC expires at the end of this season. While a bid by Winchester has recently fallen flat, it would appear that the interested parties are still in talks, enough to not join in on this […]

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