Bowden At It Again
Mike Bacsik: Age  Played for 'AAA' Scranton/Wilkes Barre in 2005, going 7-10, 4.55 in 27 starts. 112 strikeouts and 41 walks in 160 innings. He has a 5-5, 5.58 major league record in 98 innings. Hey, he's a lefty.
Jim Crowell Age  Closer for 'AAA' Albuquerque, went 2-4, 2.67 with 44 strikeouts and 14 walks in 60 innings. Pitched 3 innings for the Marlins.
Bill Larson: Age  Played for Frisco of the Texas League, hit .289-7-34 in 189 at bats. Has 11 major league home runs in 432 at-bats.
Anthony Medrano: Age  12 year minor league veteran with a career .269 batting average. Has never made it to the major leagues.
Rayner Bautista: Age  Played with Atlantic City of the Independent League, hit .290-16-58 with .826 OPS. Of course, this is a 27 year old playing against 19 and 20 year olds.
Over all, the Nationals signed five guys who have little or no chance of impacting the team in any capacity. Of the five, Mike Bascik, because he's a lefty and has good control, will likely be a starter for the New Orleans Zephyrs, and might get a chance at some point to show what he can do with the big club if an injury occurs.
The competitive balance aspect to it (teams could be able to trade away their developmental future for peanuts, just to avoid paying money to a top pick) is basically thwarted anyway by the concept of the "signability pick," and I'd think the ability to trade away a potential future star for something right now would be a valuable chip for a team to use at the right times.
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