i did a little checking up on an item in friday's comments thread from thenerdhater: "Heard a rumor on the radio this morning that J-Rod's cockiness is gonna cost him a spot on the team. The veteran players have started calling him `Ned.'" i put out a couple of lines and got this response from a well-situated observer in jupiter:
ok, so let's try this one on: supposedly the nationals (needing to replace the injured brian lawrence) are keen on bronson arroyo and may offer outfielder ryan church and 1b nick johnson to acquire him. church might look good in a cardinal uni; turns 27 this year, plays the minimum and may be capable (in a good year) of delivering an .850 ops. and the cards have a surplus of pitchers -- but who can they offer? wainwright: not enough. reyes: way too much. marquis or suppan: pending free-agents, hence unattractive. ok, that's not too bloody likely either.
But will the third baseman be too expensive for the Marlins if the team retains its "market correction" strategy next year?
General Manager Larry Beinfest declined comment when the question was asked Saturday.
which makes three strikes; i'm out.