There was a time, not that long ago, when the Nats starting staff contained pitchers like Odalis Perez, Tim Redding, Pedro Astacio, Mike Bacsik, Micah Bowie, Jason Simontacchi and many other pitchers looking for that one last shot at major league glory. Thankfully those days are beyond the Nats, but there is one downside to no longer being the last stop on the train to obscurity. The Nationals still have a need for those types of pitchers, but now have trouble attracting them.
In the bygone days when those washed up pitchers played for the Nationals they had trouble attracting free agents. The Nationals had to scrape the bottom of the barrel in order to even field a 25 man roster and five man rotation. Being that they had no prospects waiting in the wings, and no good major league talent standing in the way pitchers looking for that one last shot were willing to give the Nationals a try.