March 21, 2008
The Nationals released their right-hand would-be star pitcher, John Patterson, one of the last team players who used to wear an Expos uniform. This sad news is a real shame. Apparently, team co-owner Mark Lerner saw Patterson give up several runs against the Orioles last week and said enough's enough. See MLB.com. Well, I guess Patterson's had enough chances, but I was still hoping he might finally overcome his persistent arm problems and live up the the high hopes we had for him when the Nationals began playing nearly three years ago. Meanwhile, the Nationals have signed veteran lefty Odalis Perez to a one-year contact, and reassigned aging second baseman Bret Boone to the team's Triple-A affiliate in Columbus.