December 29, 2005

Diogenes! Diogenes!

Sketchy, unsubstantiated media reports have the Nats signing pitcher Diogenes Ramon Ortiz to a 1-year, $2.5 million deal. Ortiz was particularly craptacular for Cinicinnati last season, but maybe some combination of Randy St. Claire's voodoo and RFK's spacious confines will rejuvenate the plucky Dominican barbershop mogul.

If D.R.O. is actually in the fold, here's a look at the Nats potential 2006 starting rotation:

Livan Hernandez
John Patterson
Ramon Ortiz
Brian Lawrence
Ryan Drese

Not likely to win us any pennants, but not all that much worse than the 2005 spring training lineup:

Livan Hernandez
Esteban Loaiza
Zach Day
Tomo Ohka
Tony Armas, Jr.

Update: Sketchy, unsubtantiated media reports confirmed by sketchy, insubstantial GM Jim Bowden.


Scott M. Collins said...

You know, when you line up the 2006 projected starters against the 2005 projected starters, I actually feel a lot better. Maybe there's hope!

El Gran Color Naranja said...

I actually like 2006 starters better, of course in order to keep pace with last year one of our 3rd or later in the rotation pitchers would have to develop like Patterson did last year...unlikely.