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Revise those starting rotation guesstimates!

Posted on March 20, 2008 at 2:21 pm

John Patterson released from Nationals

John Patterson is definitely not going to make the list because the Nationals just released him. Not traded – released! No, it’s not April Fool’s Day yet. Holy cow! Never saw that one coming. I thought we’d be yo-yoed along for his “I’m okay, I’m not feeling quite right, I’m fine, I had an off-day-but-the-arm-is-fine” carousel for-evah! I just watched him throw BP in Ft. Lauderdale in what was the worst of three crappy baseball games I saw while there. He later said he had the flu, but the same flu didn’t hurt Redding’s pitching!

I’m feeling a little guilty and surprised to find I actually feel some sense of relief. No more wondering and endless waiting for him to return to the continually distanced form of 2005. I feel bad for him – must have been one [heck] of a shock! Wow.

I still hold out hope for Shawn Hill, though! I think the two are very different cases.

5 Responses to “Revise those starting rotation guesstimates!”

  1. Quite a wakeup call, huh? The surprise isn’t that Patterson is gone, but that he was just released. No DL, no trade, no waivers. You know they shopped him around good before taking this action, and clearly there isn’t a single team in major league baseball that is willing to take on this guy’s contract. That tells you how bad his scouting report is.

  2. Dave says:

    Wow. I think this has been a long time coming. I’m actually glad I missed that Sunday game–we were at the Kennedy Space Center instead.

    It’ll be interesting to see what approach the Nats take to the starting 5. Does Lannan come up for good now?

    Sorry you missed the Tuesday game at Lakeland, Miss C. Our boys demolished the Tigers. And Marchant Stadium/Tigertown is a spring-training paradise.

    We have now returned to our everyday DC-area lives once again.

  3. misschatter says:

    Yeah, I just finished the weekend wrap-up post and noted the Nats killed the Tigers the day after I left! Ha! Must’ve been me :-)

    It would be interesting to know if other teams actually turned down trade offers.

  4. There had to be trade offers. How could there not have been? (though I don’t know if the Reds returned his calls…)

  5. Ian says:

    I don’t know about trade offers. I think it was just clear that he was never going to be THE guy. So why waste more time? The lack of a credible ace now terrifies me, though.


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