Odds & Ends: Nationals, Mets, Big Z

A roundup of links for a slow Monday evening in the baseball world…

  • According to Chico Harlan of the Washington Post, the Nationals have agreed to terms with second-rounder Jeffrey Kobernus, a second baseman from the University of California.  He was handed a $705K signing bonus.
  • Brewers prospect Jeremy Jeffress was suspended 100 games Monday for a second violation of the minor league drug program, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).  Milwaukee assistant GM Gord Ash said the club is "concerned" about Jeffress, who is one positive test away from a lifetime ban.
  • Presented without comment: In a poll taken this afternoon, 57.2 percent of Chicago Tribune readers agreed with Phil Rogers, who opined Monday morning that the Cubs should waive Carlos Zambrano.     
  • Jay Schreiber of the New York Times wants to hear from Mets fans and want-to-be GMs alike.  "Does anyone have any suggestions for the woebegone Mets?," he asks.
  • According to MLB.com's Wayne Staats, the Cubs have signed 10 of their top 15 draft picks and 21 of 50 overall.  Top pick Brett Jackson, an outfielder out of the University of California, was inked early last week
  • Don't forget about MLBTR's weekly live chats.  Ben Nicholson-Smith will be your host Tuesday at 2pm CST.  

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