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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Nationals make big mistake with Gonzalez

Oops. Looks like the Nationals have stepped in it again:

Well, let's put it this way … I have in my hands on John Sickels' new book, and Sickels gives Gonzalez a grade of C+, writing, "That grade will rise if he repeats this kind of performance against better pitching."

John thought Gonzalez was 19 last year. He was 22. A 22-year-old playing in the Gulf Coast League wouldn't deserve even a mention in the book, even by hitting .343. That sound you just heard was the Nationals flushing $1.4 million down the toilet.

And it's simply inexcusable. I know that $1.4 million isn't a lot of money to a modern baseball team, but a miss this big suggests dereliction of duty, and as result heads should fall.