Not only did the Pittsburgh Pirates' 11-1 victoryáyesterday over the Los Angeles Dodgers prevent the Dodgers from clinching the NL West, but it did something else as well. With the Pirates' victory, the Washington Nationals will have the worst record in baseball in 2009 and will have the No. 1 pick in next yearÆs June draft. Both the Pirates and the Nationals have six games remaining, and even if they finish with the same record, the Nationals earned the first pick thanks to the Pirates winning the season series four games to three. Believe it or not, the Nationals thought they could compete in 2009. They were very aggressive in the free agent market, pursuingùfoolishly, perhapsùMark Teixeira, Orlando Hudson, and eventually signing Adam Dunn to a two-year deal. They also signed Joe Bei ...
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