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Couldn't Kenny have offered more?

From the Highway Robbery dept.:

In need of an athletic outfielder, the Nationals have traded catcher Brian Schneider [30] and outfielder Ryan Church [28] to the Mets for outfielder Lastings Milledge [22], a league official confirmed Friday. The Nationals are scheduled to have a 3 p.m. ET conference call to talk about the deal.

Milledge, a close friend of Nationals manager Manny Acta when they were both with the Mets, most likely will play center field, a position Washington had serious problems with the last three years. When given a chance, he could provide some power. In 115 games the last two years, Milledge produced a .257 batting average with 11 home runs and 57 RBIs.

From a Mets point of view, the deal seems like a surprise, considering that New York acquired catcher Johnny Estrada from Milwaukee recently. But a baseball source said that the Mets were looking for a defensive player with leadership sills, and Schneider fits the bill. The Nationals will give Schneider $500,000 for accepting the deal. The source also said that Church most likely will be the everyday right fielder for the Mets.

Wouldn't something around Contreras or Broadway have beaten Bowden's offer? Heck, I was ready to offer Javy for Milledge.

And some good news from Robothal:

The White Sox have backed off free-agent center fielder Aaron Rowand because they prefer to sign him for four rather than five years, according to a source with knowledge of their thinking. The Sox are among the teams interested in Japanese free-agent outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, a rival GM says, and also are exploring a possible deal for Pirates left fielder Jason Bay.
The White Sox had scouted Fukudome back in August.
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