A few things...
Yesterday, the Nationals agreed to a 1.25 million dollar one year contract with catcher Johnny Estrada. Estrada will be reunited with Stan Kasten and Pat Corrales. Sources insist the move had nothing to do with Lo Duca*'s recent knee injury, though Estrada had the same procedure performed last fall. The switch-hitter brings some balance to the lineup. Chris at Capitol Punishment chronicles Estrada's attitude problems, calling attention to the most important consequences of this move.
Jesus Flores. The young impressive Flores will, according to these sources, be playing AA or AAA ball next season to develop into the backstop of the Nats future. We're big fans and sad to see him go. Alas, what Jim wants, Jim gets.
In other news:
Dmitri Young was honored at the 19th annual BAT awards, along with David Wright.
Elijah Dukes was back in a Tampa court yesterday for a disposition in a misdemeanor domestic violence case against him, stemming from a July 2007 incident.
Ryan Zimmerman will be appearing at a star studded pre-Super Bowl party this weekend. The Stars in the Skye party includes Nick Lachey, Vanessa Millano, Venus and Serena Williams, Ivanka Trump and others.
The Nats are expected to take on the Georgetown Hoyas at an exhibition game on Feb 28 in Viera. The game is free of charge and originally appeared as an off-day for the team.