Things seem to be churning in the Nats tepid efforts to re-build the “pen.”
The rumor that Darren O’Day is leaning to coming to DC (from the Orioles) is the only seeming good news. He would help in the late innings.
The acquisition of Oliver Perez is nothing Mike Rizzo should expect to be applauded for. His stats are mediocre. He is a step down from Matt Thornton.
The most discouraging is the decision to non-tender Craig Stammen. The rumors are that might be due to a so-far not so good recovery from surgery on his throwing elbow. Not all operations on pitchers throwing elbows are totally successful. Apparently the Phillies Cliff Lee is recovering from the same procedure. And I have seen recent rumors the Phillies are trying to alter or sever his contract. Not having Craig in 2016 would be a really major loss! From 2011-2014 he was one of the most dependable relievers in all of baseball.