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Nationals May Be Players At Trade Deadline

Old ballplayers, never die they just go to Tampa Bay
(With apologies to General Douglas MacArthur)

A few years ago that statement was true, as Wade Boggs, Fred McGriff, Tino Martinez, and other former MLB luminaries spent part if not all of their final years with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. This season it looked like the Washington Nationals were the team to take on former big name players, who had worn out their welcomes, for what ever reason with their former franchises. But according to reports published on Thursday, the Nats may just be using these former blue chippers to get themselves stockpiled for the future. Three names that have been mentioned prominently in recent days, as contenders start looking for that missing link, are second baseman Ronnie Belliard, first baseman Dimitri Young, and reliever Chad Cordero. Although Cordero is much younger, Belliard and Young are looked at by many teams as players on the downside of their careers, even though Belliard could be the most underrated second baseman in all of MLB, and Young still has some pop left in his bat making for a still dangerous hitter. In related news Chicago White Sox G.M. Ken Williams has said there has been a lot of interest in some of his players including Jermaine Dye and Tadhito Iguchi. The White Sox were a team that seemed to get very old overnight, and skipper Ozzie Guillen may be out at the end of the year if not sooner. In the case of "contenders" the Mets are looking for pitching, Cleveland has stated that they want to solidify their bullpen, and for the first time in what seems like eons the Yankees could be sellers rather than buyers! Stay Tuned!
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