Odalis In, Patterson Out

The Washington Nationals have released John Patterson and signed Odalis Perez.

Wasn’t it just over a year ago that the Nats wanted Lastings Milledge in a deal for Patterson? And today they think Odalis Perez is a more valuable arm. How quickly things change.

Patterson has been dealing with elbow issues since going 9-7 with a 3.13 ERA on a bad Washington team in 2005; he’s made only 15 starts in the last two years. This spring he has a 7.00 ERA in nine innings of work.

Might he be an option for AAA ?

Joel Sherman claims the Mets are not interested. Hmmm ….

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