This team is in shambles for 2006. Watson & Byrd in CF, Ryan Church -- a far, far superior player than both -- too AAA.
Nationals optioned outfielder Ryan Church to Triple-A New Orleans.
The Nationals seem to believe 55 spring at-bats are a better indication of talent than everything that's happened the two years prior. They're almost certainly worse team with Brandon Watson in center, but since Church hit .200 this spring, he'll return to Triple-A, where he hit a mere .343/.428/.620 last time around. Maybe Church will eventually get traded to a team that appreciates his offense. Until then, he's worth holding on to in NL-only leagues. Mar. 28 - 7:29 pm et