Nov 172012
 

You might be surprised to learn that my mother hardly ever made these…

While we await this afternoon’s AFL Championship game — sorry, not likely to live-tweet; I’m in charge of the animals today, plus the dogs — let’s take a look some Nats-related stuff as we ease into that ugly time where everyday news is not a guarantee…

ANOTHER SIX-YEAR FREE AGENT SIGNING
The Rocket broke it: The Nationals have signed Caleb Clay, a 24-year-old six-year free agent from the Boston organization. Clay has already undergone Tommy John surgery (2007) but has stalled at AA for the past two years as a reliever after starting his first four seasons. SoxProspects pegs him thusly: “Over-the-top, fluid delivery. Lanky frame, still has some projection. Fastball sits between 88-90 mph with good sinking movement. Can induce a lot of groundballs, but he can also give up a lot of hard contact.”

His hallmark has been control, with a career rate of 2.9BB/9IP and season-best of 1.8 per in 2010, and since switching to relief he’s been able to get strikeouts — 8.2K/9IP the past two seasons with Portland. I was unable to confirm if he is still rocking this Balester-esque ‘stache. Best guess at this point: relief inventory for Harrisburg.

SPRING TRAINING SLATE UNVEILED
Mark Zuckerman is back on the beat and characterizes the Nationals 2013 spring schedule as a case for the Nationals to leave Viera, perhaps going to Ft. Myers. Negotiations have been ongoing for most of 2012, with the Nationals reportedly asking for millions of dollars’ worth of upgrades and Lee County trying to whittle down the price tag.

OPTIONS AND SERVICE TIME
Todd Boss over at NationalsArmRace.com has done the hard work on trying to break down the options and service time of the current Nationals roster. With the Nationals ascendancy, this has become less of an issue than it was a few seasons ago, but as we saw with the likes of Ryan Perry (today’s starter in the AFL championship game), it hasn’t gone away. You might want to bookmark this one as I anticipate we’ll be revisiting this issue in the next couple of weeks as we may see some moves that can be explained with this information.

  6 Responses to “Saturday Smorgasbord”

  1. Great photo. Today’s post reminds me we’re only about 2+ weeks away from the Rule V draft.
    Luke, I know I’m a lot more nervous about this than you, but it’s become a scary day for the Nats now that their good.
    Sure would like to have Purke’s 40-man spot right about now.

  2. When I look at your mom’s meatballs, I wish my background was Swedish, not Scottish. Have you ever eaten haggis, for example?

  3. I really don’t see any costly Rule 5 risks this year; the eligibles still date to the Bowden era. I think that next year is likely to be more of a crunch as players drafted in 2009 start to become eligible.

    • Basically 2008 HS picks and IFAs, 2009 JuCo and college picks. Please folks… once the AFL closes out, I’ll be posting about this. Just phone the hold.

  4. […] 25-year-old was signed during the offseason after being granted six-year free agency from Boston, which drafted him as the 44th pick of the 1st […]

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