Weaver apparently not coming to DC
Right-hander may have priced self out of Nats' pay range
VIERA, Fla. -- It appears that the Nationals are out of the running to acquire free-agent right-hander Jeff Weaver, MLB.com learned on Thursday.
According to a baseball source, "The situation is complicated." Some people in the organization don't want Weaver's services, but they all agree that he is not worth a lot of money. Weaver is represented by agent Scott Boras, who is known to get top dollar for his clients.
Weaver is coming off one of his worst seasons in the big leagues. He went 7-13 with a 6.20 ERA with the Seattle Mariners. During his nine-year career, Weaver is 93-114 with a 4.72 ERA and is most famous for helping the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series in 2006.
Meanwhile, there was a rumor floating around the Nationals' clubhouse that the Cubs had interest in infielder Felipe Lopez, but two sources squashed that rumor. The Cubs are looking for a second baseman and one of the sources believed that Chicago will soon acquire Orioles infielder Brian Roberts.
One of the sources did say, however, that the Dodgers have interest in infielder Willie Harris, who has a .407 on-base percentage this spring.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.