It was recently reported that the Nationals signed former Yankees ace Chien Ming Wang for the season. For those who have watched closely, this is just the most recent action in an on going strategy the Nationals have of acquiring players the Yankees don't want anymore. Among that list on the current Nationals roster are:
C - Wil Nieves
SP - Tyler Clippard
Former Attrny General - Alberto Gonzalez
RP - Brian Bruney
And now Wang. Though many of you may not remember all those players, or care to look them up, the Nationals clearly have, and they have made their strategy evident. They are trying to be the Yankees.
"All those championships, all those rings. There's no doubt its who we want to become. Without question, if the Yankees drop a player, we sign them." Explained a Nationals Exec. whose name will remain anonymous since I'm not invested enough in this story to look one up.
"Soon, the Yankees will mess up and drop a Mariano Rivera, or a Derek Jeter. Then we'll be right there ready to reunite them with all their teammates from years past, and win a championship." He continued.
Its a bold move, and speaking of bold moves, former Yankee Kyle Farnsworth is going to get his shot as a starter. Since his lazer straight fastball didn't perform so well one inning at a time, the Royals now feel like a move to the rotation, where he has to throw 5+ innings at a time is the only right move.
"Farnsworth's fastball is deceptive in that it gets better the deeper into a game he gets. No one found this out because he always gave up 4 runs in 2/3 of an inning and had to get pulled. But around his 70th pitch or so, his fastball suddenly moves like a hurricane across the strike zone! Its like a knuckleball traveling 100 mph!" Explained Kansas City pitching coach, Bob McClure.
In terms of preparation, Farnsworth feels that a solid off season training regimen should prepare him for the increased work load.
"I usually stick to bicep curls all year round, but apparently that doesn't qualify as conditioning." Explained Farnsworth.
Some experts beleive that while increasing Farnsworth's innings in a season may not increase his effectiveness, it will certainly increase the number of body slams we all get to witness.