Two Joses Take a Look Back at Nats

The Washington Post Sunday - - Wizards Insider -

With the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als strug­gling might­ily to score runs — but do­ing it cheaply — it is worth point­ing out that the two Joses whom the team jet­ti­soned this win­ter, Guillen and Vidro, are both strug­gling with the Seat­tle Mariners (through Fri­day they had com­bined for one ex­tra-base hit). They are do­ing so for a com­bined $12.5 mil­lion.

Here is what they said re­cently about what they left be­hind in Wash­ing­ton:

Vidro: “I was very dis­ap­pointed. [The Na­tion­als] got new own­er­ship [last sum­mer] and all of a sud­den they couldn’t sign [Al­fonso] So­ri­ano, and they said they weren’t go­ing to sign other play­ers. They were go­ing to re­build the mi­nor leagues. But that’s a process that’s go­ing to take a num­ber of years. And when you have a new sta­dium com­ing in 2008, and all of a sud­den you de­cide you’re try­ing to re­build? I don’t think that’s the best thing to do. I’m not an owner, but I thought they were go­ing to try to sign some peo­ple just to make sure the ball­club stays level.”

Guillen: “Ev­ery­one was great to me there. They wanted me back this year, but they wanted me real cheap. I had to look at the mar­ket.” Guillen said the Na­tion­als of­fered him a four-year, $32 mil­lion con­tract last spring, “but I turned it down and said no. I didn’t know I was go­ing to get hurt. If I knew that was go­ing to hap­pen, of course I was go­ing to take it.” K JUST WAIT: Still no signs of panic in the Bronx, even though the Yan­kees saw Mike Mussina (strained ham­string) be­come the latest pitcher to go down to in­jury. Chien-Ming Wang still hasn’t made a re­hab start, and Andy Pet­titte still has to treat his balky back be­tween starts.

For now, the Yan­kees will keep run­ning Dar­rell Ras­ner and Kei Igawa out there, and hope Mussina can make his next start. The real rea­son the Yan­kees aren’t in a panic? Maybe be­cause they ex­pect to add Wang, Philip Hughes and — dare we say it? — Roger Cle­mens in the next cou­ple of months. K DOU­BLE DOSE: When the Bos­ton Red Sox re­aligned their ro­ta­tion in the wake of a rain­out Thurs­day, it means Daisuke Mat­suzaka is now sched­uled to face the Yan­kees twice in the com­ing weeks — April 22 in Bos­ton, and April 27 in the Bronx.

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