- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 26, 2008

EXCERPT FROM MARK ZUCKERMAN‘S WEEKLY LIVE CHAT

Why is the Wasteland of Microscopic Production still occupying a roster space on this team? So that he can luck into homering off a pitcher with a big lead throwing hittable strikes like last night? Would it be any big loss if he was put on waivers and an (American League) team needing a DH claimed him?

Love the new nickname for Wily Mo Pena. Would the Nationals love to place him on waivers and watch as another club claimed him? You better believe it. But it ain’t gonna happen. Why? Because the former Weapon of Mass Production is making $2 million this season, and he’s guaranteed to make at least $2 million next season in a player option (amazingly, the Nationals have a $5 million club option also, not that there’s ANY chance they’re going to pick that up). So in other words, for another team to take WMP off the Nationals’ hands, they’re going to have to take on at least $3 million over the next 1 1/2 years. Would YOU do that?

BY THE NUMBERS

2 Wins by Nationals starting pitchers over the last 25 games entering Wednesday night.



FRIDAY’S GAME

Orioles RHP Daniel Cabrera 5-3, 4.46

Nationals LHP Odalis Perez : 2-5, 4.09

7:10 p.m. Ch. 20 HD.

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