Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Walk it Out

An article by mlb.com's Bill Ladson claims that former Brewers backstop Johnny Estrada has signed a one-year, 1.25 million dollar deal with the Washington Nationals. Ladson insinuates, and I agree, that Estrada will likely serve as a backup to Paul Lo Duca.

If many of you don't remember or weren't aware, the Brewers dealt Estrada to the Mets late last year in exchange for RHP Guillermo Mota. The Mets subsequently declined their club option on Estrada, rendering him a free agent. Excluding the Mets, the Nationals are the fifth team Estrada has played for in as he enters the eighth year of his career, and the fifth team in the past five years.

Estrada, a lifetime .280 hitter, has been openly criticized, most recently by Brewers GM Doug Melvin, for his lack of speed and/or hustle. Estrada claimed he played much of the 2007 season injured. A mere four seasons removed from an All-Star appearance and Silver Slugger Award with Atlanta, Estrada has evidently burned many bridges and seems low on career options. Reportedly, Pittsburgh and Washington were the only two teams who showed interest in acquiring Estrada, both in backup roles.

In other news: Philly.com reports the Phillies, who recently signed glove god Pedro Feliz, may be looking to deal either former Brewer/chubby Val Kilmer doppelganger Wes Helms or Greg Dobbs. I'm not sure how appealing either would be to buyers.

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