Goings On

Jim Bowden has a great strategy relating to Mike Stanton. Twice, Bowden has traded Stanton for prospects. 

Could there be a third opportunity coming?  Call it the Boomerang theory. If this keeps up, Bowden can stock the whole minor league system by signing Stanton and trading him for prospects each year by 2011.

Stanton is receptive to the idea of returning to the Nationals and would give the squad a much-needed veteran left-hander coming out of the bullpen.
"I had a good time in Washington," the 39-year-old Stanton, who had a 4.47 ERA with the Nationals last season, told mlb.com Wednesday. "They have a good bunch of young kids there. It was fun playing there. At this point in my career, you don’t rule out anything or anyone. With the background that I have with the Nationals, and with Jim, anything is possible.”

Stanton was traded July 28 to San Francisco for pitching prospect Shairon Martis.  He did a solid job in the closer’s role filling in for an injured Armando Benitez saving eight games down the stretch.

Stanton credited his success with the Giants to getting ahead early in the count and the excitement of the Giants pennant race.

Another lefty in the bullpen for the Nationals would be nice. If he does come back to the Nationals, Stanton would join Micah Bowie as the lone lefties in the bullpen. New manager Manny Acta has said he would like to have at least two lefties in the bullpen coming into next season.

Great news for Nationals fans who were up in arms over Mitchell Page’s demotion/transfer to Minor League Hitting Coordinator. Page will return as the Nationals Hitting Coach next season thanks to new skipper Manny Acta.

Page was influential in increasing the team’s batting average to .262 in 2006, good for 9th in the National League (it’s highest finish since 2002).

“Acta heard some good things about me, thanks to [assistant general manager Bob Boone]. So I decided to return” Page told mlb.com Wednesday night.

I didn’t get Page’s initial move to Minor League Hitting Coordinator to begin with after this past season. I think the Nationals management should’ve left Page’s in his current position until the new manager was selected. If the new manager wanted to make changes after the hiring, then let him do so. I mean, they kept pitching coach Randy St. Claire from the start so why not just keep Page and see if the new manager would’ve made a change? St. Claire was kept because of the progress he had made with the younger pitchers. Page made progress with the hitters as well. I don’t see any difference between the two. If the Nationals didn’t want to keep Page, they would’ve cut him loose outright so he could sign on with another team.

The end result, Page is in the same position he was in September and this whole saga has been an exercise in uselessness. 


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