Return of Villone
As expected, Ron Villone accepted arbitration last night, making him a signed player. His presence now brings the 40 man roster to 42. We should get announcements today about the two players being designated for assignment to clear room on the 40-man.
In other news, the Washington Times reports that the Mariners have offered a better deal to Odalis Perez than the 3 year, $18 million contract that the Nationals were hoping to sign him to.
The M’s don’t have $6 million left in the budget for 2005, so if this is true, expect other moves to be made to fit Perez into the payroll.