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DMV: The Great Nats Rainout of ’09

I’ll be handling DMV every morning this week while Jamie is in Cali for official Yahoo! business. Expect a marked decrease in links and effort.

Stienz has the sights and sounds from the Randy Johnson vs. Nats rainout last night. Fans got to drink at the Park for four hours and get to skip outta work early today to head back for the make-up. Everyone wins. Except for the Nats, who have about a 72% chance of losing. Which is less than the chance of rain today/tonight. [D.C. Sports Bog]

Stan Kastan really wanted to get that game in last night. In fact, his exact quote: “We’re going to get this game in tonight.” [Nationals Journal]

Thom Loverro blames the rainout, and the Nats woes, on some Teddy Curse. Alrighty. [Washington Times]

According to no sources whatsoever, SI thinks Adam Dunn could be traded to the Red Sox. Remember: It’s OK for MSM to write about unfounded rumors, but don’t you dare try it, blogger! [The Nationals Enquirer]

Federal Baseball takes a close look at how the Nats performed in the month of May compared to April. [Federal Baseball]

Brad Bergesen gives O’s a strong start, but they manage to lose thanks to numerous managerial blunders by Dave Trembley. [Camden Chat]

Wieters Watch: 0-3, three left on base. He’s now batting .143. [Box score]

Jamie Walker, our favorite redneck relief pitcher, may not be an Oriole much longer. [Baltimore Sun]

Former Oriole Sammy Sosa says he will officially retire and wait calmly for the Hall of Fame to call. It’s gonna be a long, long wait, Sammy. []

Mike Williams’  target weight is projected in graph form. [Hogs Haven]

Stienz stands side-by-side with Mike Williams and shows off his bloggish guns. NSFW! [D.C. Sports Bog]

Amare Stoudemire to the Wiz? I’ve heard of him. [Bullets Forever]

Today: Giants-Nats (4:35; 7:35)

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  1. Jeff V

    June 4, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Can I just ask a general question about the NBA as a guy that probably watches three total games a year?

    Why are expiring contracts so valuable?

    The explanation I’ve come up with in my head as a guess is like this:

    “There must be some kind of penalty for trading a set of players with a contract value of 15 million for a set of players with a contract value of 5 million. Therefore you can avoid those penalties by trading for expiring contracts while still dumping the salary (by years end).”

    Is this why teams were doing the whole sign and cut thing with Keith Van Horn a year or two ago? Is it the same principle?

  2. Chris Mottram

    June 4, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    You watch three more NBA games a year than I do. Perhaps Jamie can jump in at some point and help ya out with that one.

  3. Jeff V

    June 4, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    I thought all you Sports media people were friends. Can’t you just call Bill “Maestro of the trade machine” Simmons?

  4. bobby steels

    June 4, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    The expiring contract is valuable is because it comes off the books at the end of the season. You trade player A who has a 3 year deal, say, for an expiring contract. That way when free agency rolls around, Player A’s contract is now being paid for by another team, and Player B’s contract is over.

    As far as Amare — Do not want. This team needs vets, guys who play hard every night, who desperately want to win a title. Not a flaky guy who can be the best player on the floor, or a cranky headcase.

  5. JakeTheSnake

    June 5, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Just to add on to what bobby said, expiring contracts are a lot more valuable in the NBA as opposed to other sports because contracts are guaranteed, so they can’t just cut a player and get rid of their contract. That means the only way that teams can maneuver to get cap room is to make a deal for players coming off the books that off-season. Especially with a huge group of players hitting free agency in 2010, players who have contracts that end that season, like Mike James, will be sought after.

    Also, the NBA has a rule that all trades have to be close to equal salary-wise to each other to be allowed. I forget the exact percentage that the salaries have to be within, but it’s not big enough drastically change payroll, at least in the short term.

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