Nats sign Japanese lefty, Slowes; parking, parking, parking

Nationals Add Left-Hander From JapanThe Post
By signing Katsuhiko Maekawa, GM Jim Bowden served notice to all that the Nationals are not just a halfway house for wayward North American players — Asians with baggage can also rehabilitate themselves here too!

Maekawa is, however, rebounding from a troubled two-year period. According to Japanese media reports, he was unofficially barred from the major leagues in his home country after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident in January 2007. According to reports, Maekawa had his license suspended in 2002, had a confrontation with a woman at the scene of the accident and then fled the scene when police asked him to produce a driver’s license.

Maekawa impressed the Nats with a “2-1 with a 1.82 ERA in seven appearances” in Dominican winter ball.

Federal Baseball has a lot more details if you are interested.

Notes: Slowes set for fourth seasonnationals.com
Charlie Slowes has agreed to terms with the Nationals to return for his fourth season in the radio booth. No word on terms of the contract though, hopefully it is for several years. His partner Dave Jageler signed on in November.

Parking Plans Being Finalized at New StadiumWTOP
More details on what the D.C. Department of Transportation is doing about ballpark parking.

Raw Fisher weighs in as well.

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