I know I don’t give a lot of love to the Nationals on this blog, so here we go. Late last night, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson weighed in with all sorts of rumors.
Chad Cordero can be had, albeit for a steep price. The Red Sox want him. According to the Washington Post, the Mets love Cordero, but Bowden wants Lastings Milledge and then some. Specifically, Bowden wants a top prospect, a near Major League ready starter, and one more pitcher.
Ryan Church has been connected to the Phillies, Royals, Cubs, Pirates, and Tigers. Seems that Nats can’t wait to get rid of him. Specifically, the idea of sending Church to Philly for Ryan Madson has surfaced. That one doesn’t suit Washington though. Meanwhile, the Bucs are backing off.
Nobody wants Jose Vidro, but Jim Bowden would love to unload him.
There could be some chance of Rodrigo Lopez ending up a National, but no serious offer exists. Ladson doesn’t think Lopez makes sense for the Nats. It may have been a three-way proposal with the Tigers mixed in, but that one didn’t get far.