Buster Olney had the following to say about the Nationals’ interest in Carlos Pena

Heard this: Some team officials that have talked about Carlos Pena view the Washington Nationals as being the club most enthusiastic about acquiring the first baseman.

The key here, is this is what officials from other teams think about the Nationals. At no point did Olney speak to Nationals officials about this.

And yet for some reason, this led to several headlines such as this one from NBCSports.com:

“The Nats are “enthusiastic” about signing Carlos Pena”

Maybe that is true. But that is not what Olney reported.


  • The city of St. Pete lost over $1.2 million in 2010 due to the operational costs of hosting the Rays and insuring Tropicana Field…Of course, there are a lot of indirect revenues that are not being factored here. [St. Pete Times]
  • The Rays are one of nine teams “already in” on reliever Jesse CrainWhen that many teams are involved it means Crain won’t be signing with the Rays. [MLB Trade Rumors]
  • The Cubs are showing interest in Carlos Pena. [MLB Buzz]
  • Michael Sasso has several indicators that show the Tampa Bay market is not a good one for baseball. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Marc Topkin repeats what we already speculated, that Grant Balfour could accept the Rays offer of arbitration, rather than test the free agent waters. As a middle reliever, few teams will be willing to part with a draft pick to sign Balfour. So his best bet may be a one-year deal with the Rays…Also, Carl Crawford’s agents have sent iPad’s preloaded with a Crawford highlight reel to prospective teams. [St. Pete Times]
  • Bill Chastain writes about the charitable efforts of James Shields and his wife. [MLB.com]
  • Here is a list of minor league players from every team that are eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft. [SPANdemonium]




  1. Don says:

    No the Nationals are not the "most enthusiastic" about THEM signing Pena....knowledgeable Rays fans are....GO Nats....
    I'll bet the Rays owners make a hell of a lot more money in a BAD market than Mike Sasso does writing stupid articles...

  2. Aaron says:

    Don't take Pena, Nationals, trade for Youkilis. Keep Pena in Tampa.


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