If we're to believe the Nationals website, Stan is interested in COREY FREAKING PATTERSON.
I'm here to tell you, this is unacceptable. I'd rather have Nook Logan start until a kid is ready. In no way do I think Corey Patterson is worth more the $20. Let's look at his stats, shall we?
-Career BA: .258 with a .215, .276, and .269 the last three years. That looks nice doesn't it?
-He strikes out once every 4.3 AB. Not horrible, but nothing to be excited about, or anything you want your leadoff hitter doing. HELLLLOOOO Brad Wilkerson with no power.
-He steals some bases. Woopty do. Again, so does Nook Logan, and he's basically free.
-Career OBP: .298, with the last three years: .254, .314, .304. Awful.
-Here's another good one. Walks. Last three years: 23, 23, 21. So he doesn't hit, doesn't walk...
Basically, this guy has no business on a major league roster. In fact, looking at his numbers, I don't know how this guy has gotten two contracts. Didn't GMs learn anything about fast not being the most important thing when they used to get sprinters to be pinch runners, and they sucked? Guess not.
Please Stan and Co. Anybody but Corey Patterson. Anybody. Look at David Dejesus. Mike Cameron. Rocco Baldelli. Carl Crawford (I can dream).
WHOA. Just saw something...Patterson is a Boras client. Did we need anymore reasons not to stay away from this joker?
DOUBLE WHOA. Didn't see this before...
In other news, the Nationals need help off the bench, and infielder Aaron Boone could be a great fit. However, Nats assistant general manager and Boone's father, Bob Boone, said his son may want to look at a place where he would start the season as a utility player and then start playing on a regular basis, which happened with the Marlins last year.
Boone played in 69 games for Florida and hit .286 with five home runs and 28 RBIs. He was playing on a regular basis at first base before a left knee injury in late June put him out for the rest of the season. Boone's father said the infielder's knee is 100 percent healthy.
"I think he would really help our club with his ability to play all the infield positions," the elder Boone said. "When you go and build your bench, you want to have people where [you don't have much of a fall-off]. When you look at it that way, Aaron fits the bill. There are so many things we have to put together [in other areas of the team] before that would happen."
GET THIS MAN A CONTRACT. If only for the positive karma, and the anti-Red Sox juju.