Good thing, too. Otherwise, DC residents and fans would be calling for both Ted Lerner's AND Mayor Gray's heads for having to foot the bill.
Lilly retires with 130 wins and two All-Star selections in a 15-year career spanning six teams, and is the latest former Expo to retire. That leaves 10 players still active who can say they once played for the Expos: Bartolo Colon, Endy Chavez, Scott Downs, Luis Ayala, Brendan Harris, Juan Rivera, Maicer Izturis, Jon Rauch, Bruce Chen, and Shawn Hill, who didn't pitch at all in 2013.
Both Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley will be coming off surgery, while also having one year remaining on their contracts (Billingsley has an option for 2015). The Dodgers already have Edinson Volquez and Chris Capuano and are presumably looking at Masahiro Tanaka.
The scrutiny in large part comes from D-backs pitcher/player rep Brad Ziegler...
People really don't understand how this works. We thought 50 games would be a deterrent. Obviously it's not. So we are working on it again.— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) November 24, 2013
…as well as pitcher David Aardsma.
Apparently getting suspended for PED's means you get a raise. What's stopping anyone from doing it? #weneedtomakeachange— David Aardsma (@TheDA53) November 24, 2013
I had 2 major surgeries in 5 months and made it back clean, nothing pisses me off more than guys that cheat and get raises for doing so— David Aardsma (@TheDA53) November 24, 2013
According to Braun, he showed up with his fiancée at Laurenzi's house on Tuesday and had dinner with him and his family, and said they have made amends. That certainly sounds like a nice gesture, until you read that he announced this to the press THE VERY NEXT DAY, which reeks of publicity-seeking and desperation to avoid a lawsuit. Even if this is true and he genuinely tried making amends with Laurenzi, it's going to take a lot more than a make-up dinner to get everyone to like him again.
Somewhere, Brian McCann is rubbing his hands together and laughing evilly.