- The Washington Times - Monday, August 24, 2009

THE BUZZ

Tracking the Nationals’ news and trends from the past week:

Stephen Strasburg [UP]

Agreed to four-year deal Monday; now fans will bide their time until the savior arrives

Mike Rizzo [UP]

Finished Strasburg deal with 77 seconds to spare, got full-time GM job — yeah, he had a good week

On-field results [DOWN]

After winning 11 of 14, Nationals get swept at home by Rockies, lose first two to Brewers

Josh Willingham [DOWN]

Outfielder has come down from otherworldly run in July

MINOR LEAGUE WATCH

There was little talk about right-hander Brad Meyers at the beginning of the year, but that’s quickly changing as the 2007 fifth-round pick climbs through the minors. He is 3-0 at Harrisburg with a 2.03 ERA and a complete game; he has a 9-2 mark with a 1.58 ERA across two levels this year. Meyers, 23, probably won’t make the Nationals’ rotation out of spring training next year, but don’t be surprised if he gets a shot to make his debut in the majors at some point next season.

EX-NATIONALS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

My, how the mighty have fallen. While the Nationals try to rebuild a bullpen that was once the cornerstone of the team, that’s nothing compared to what their former All-Star closer is trying to do to get his career back on track. Chad Cordero, still trying to recover from the torn labrum that cost him most of last season, is stuck at the Seattle Mariners’ short-season Class A affiliate in Everett, Wash. — and that was after a promotion from rookie ball. He told the Everett (Wash.) Herald that his fastball is only around 88 mph; he struggled to get it above 80 earlier this year. “I want to be able to go out there and pitch every day like I used to,” he told the newspaper last week. “But I know my arm can’t take it.”

Ben Goessling

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