Thursday, May 7, 2009

An AARP Bullpen?

So now it's Ron Villone as the designated Nats LOOGY.

Since the start of the season, we've has Kip Wells, Julian Tavarez and now Villone added to the pen.

What do these guys have in common?

Old and freely available.

We're OK with letting Scott Olsen and Daniel Cabrera throw BP in the rotation because we're trying to develop young pitching.

But Steve Shell and Mike Hinckley . . . sorry guys.  Your couple of innings of suck gets you a bus ticket out of town.

From one point of view, this roster shuttling is understandable.  The pressure to win, at any cost, is pretty high right now.  Probably as high as any team has had that is 10 games under .500 before the idea of May. 

The Nats FO feels the need to do SOMETHING.  And to be honest, in terms of panic moves, this beats the living daylights out of Larry Andersen for Jeff Bagwell.

But fella's please remember the Plantm.  Develop young players you can cost-control into the future. Get rid of vets who won't be around when you hope to turn the corner. 

Go ahead and give these greybeards their shot. Just remember if they show any sign of life be prepared to deal them as soon as you can.  Mike Stanton for Shairon Martis is the model.

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