Washington Nationals: Rumor Round-Up...

Clint Everts, (the Montreal Expos' '02 1st Round pick taken 5th overall behind only Bryan Bullington (PIT?), B.J. Upton (TAM), Chris Gruler (CIN) and Adam Loewen (BAL), and selected before some names you might recognize like Zack Greinke, Prince Fielder, Jeff Francis, Jeremy Hermida, Joe Saunders and Scott Kazmir that year), was signed by the New York Mets Friday, agreeing to a one-year minor league deal. The 25-year-old right-hander out of Cypress, Texas completed what was arguably his best season in the Montreal/DC system last season, posting a combined (8-1) record and a 1.65 ERA at three levels (Class A Potomac, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse) of the Nationals' organization, and collecting 68 K's in 60.2 IP, (10.2 K/9), while allowing 49 H, (7.4 H/9), 26 BB, (3.9 BB/9) and just 3 HR's, (0.4 HR/9) before becoming a six-year-free agent...No doubt Omar Minaya remembers Evert from the Mets' GM's time in Montreal...

• I had a hard time believing that Johnny Damon was a serious option for the Washington Nationals when I read in FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal's latest update of the ongoing "Buzz: Latest from the MLB offseason", subtitled, "Damon's Time With Yankees May Be Over", wherein Mr. Rosenthal wrote that, "The Nationals, Braves and Giants are among the teams that could be interested," in acquiring Damon now that the Yanks had signed Nick Johnson...So I tweeted about it...

federalbaseball: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal list the Nationals as one of 3 teams interested in…Who? Johnny Damon?

And lo and behold, MLB.com's Bill Ladson (whether prompted by the Tweet or his own distaste for absurdities), made a few calls and not too long after the original post and my Tweet, Mr. Ladson responded via his own Twitter feed: 

washingnats: "I just learned the Nats do not have interest in Johnny Damon. They are trying to improve their defense. Damon is a defensive liability."

Huh? Took care of that rumor!! 

How about this one...In the lastest update of FOXSports.com's "Buzz: Latest from the MLB offseason", subtitled, "Tejada's Options Dwindling", FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal writes that free agent infielder Orlando Cabrera is, "...talking with two teams about playing second base," according to "one major league source". Could it be Washington? He was on the original list...Rumor ACTIVATED...

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