MORE COMING AND GOINGS: BOOKER RETURNS, WATSON LEAVES, BYRD MOVES
Chris Booker, (age 29, RHP) was reacquired by the Nationals. He was signed last fall by Jim Bowden as a minor league free-agent, but was plucked from the team's roster by the Philadelphia Phillies in the Rule V draft. He was then claimed off the waiver wire by the Royals this spring. After playing in just one game, however, Kansas City tried to remove him from their 40-man roster. The Rule V draft requires that if that happens, the player must be offered back to the original team for half of the original cost. The Nationals took Booker back and assigned him to New Orleans. If the Royals have no use for a pitcher, no one does. My guess is he will do little more than fill out a Zephyrs' uniform for the rest of the season.
Marlon Byrd cleared waivers (which really surprised me - I thought some team would take a chance) and agreed to report to 'AAA' New Orleans. I still think that, if Byrd can play baseball without "thinking" about his mechanics all the time, he could be an asset to the Nationals.
Brandon Watson was claimed off the waiver wire by the Cincinnati Reds. Yesterday, the Reds send us all-stars for middle relievers and today they take out our trash? Memo to Jim Bowden: we owe the Reds big-time.
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