Batista a free agentApparently, there's no agreement on years or dollars yet, so Batista filed yesterday. Last year he signed a 1 year, 1.5 mil contract.
Batista can hit for power... when he hits. He doesn't really walk. He had 32 homers last year, with a .241 average and a measly .272 on base percentage. Though once you get past the people we can't afford, there aren't that many other good options out there, I'd rather lose Batista, anyway. 32 homers a year doesn't make up for never being on base.
In other team news, there are going to be 28 days this year when the O's and our team play on the same day. The schedule was prepared before Washington was selected, so this probably won't be an issue in the future (the Cubs and White Sox, for instance, will play only 2 games at home on the same day). MLB managed to move some things around, getting it all the way down to 28 from 30. Nice work, guys.
The Washington Times is reporting that the team name is likely to be Nationals, citing "industry sources". Mayor Williams fought hard against the Senators, but if this article is correct, not hard enough for the Grays. Apparently, our team colors are going to be red, white and blue. Yuck.