Washington Nationals GM Jim Bowden got the guy he "really wanted" in Manny Acta, and now he’s hoping that the former third base coach for the Mets can help figure a way to convince his former employers to send Lastings Milledge to RFK for 2007. The only problem with that scenario is that Bowden has very little to give New York.
"Bowden is trying to sell the Mets on a John Patterson for Lastings Milledge deal, which the Mets have flatly refused."
New York does have interest in Patterson, Jon Rauch and New Jersey’s Jason Bergmann, but certainly not for Milledge, whose value may have lowered, but “not that low”.
Gotham Baseball Magazine’s D.C.-based source says that may not be the case for the Yankees, who have expressed interest in making a deal for the Nats’ (and former Yankee) Nick Johnson.
“The Yankees have been asking about Nick Johnson and Brian Schneider, but as he usually does, (Bowden) is asking for the moon. The difference now is, Bowden can’t afford to haggle, because the pitching staff is a shambles."
Comments are now open, sorry ’bout that – mh