LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- General Jim Bowden was pleased the Nationals will get an extra draft pick after outfielder Jose Guillen officially signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Mariners on Monday.
The news means that the Nationals will get three extra picks in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. They get second-round and sandwich picks after losing left fielder Alfonso Soriano to free agency.
"It's a good way to rebuild, especially after the draft we had last year," Bowden said.
In the 2006 draft, the Nationals had two first-round picks and two second-round picks. Right-hander Sean Black, whom Washington drafted in the second round, chose to attend Seton Hall and did not sign with the Nationals.
Homecoming: On Dec. 15, skipper Manny Acta will go to the Dominican Republic, where he is expected to be honored for being named manager of the Nationals. According to Acta, the Dominican Republic often honors those who make it big in the United States.
Two days later, the Nationals will hold a tryout camp in the Dominican Republic that will be conducted by Acta, Jose Rijo, the special assistant to the general manager, and Dana Brown, the team's director of amateur scouting.
Leaving the company: Head athletic trainer Tim Abraham resigned on Monday because of family reasons. A Nationals spokesman insisted that Abraham did not leave because the Reds are set to seek Major League Baseball's council about the trade involving reliever Gary Majewski. Cincinnati feels that Majewski was damaged goods after it acquired him in an eight-player deal with Washington.
In a statement, Bowden said: "We would like to thank Tim for his many contributions to the Washington Nationals. We respect the decision he has made in the best interest of his family, and wish him nothing but continued success."
Nothing to it: According to a baseball source, the Nationals inquired about Lastings Milledge, who appears to be the odd man out in the Mets' outfield. Washington, according to the source, offered left-hander Michael Hinckley, but New York declined.
Old friend: Tom McCraw, who was the Nationals/Expos hitting coach for four seasons and a special advisor for Washington in 2006, will join the Gulf Coast Mets as a hitting instructor.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.