Two Joses Take a Look Back at Nats
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.