Ladson has a column up that hits on the same thing we've all been saying the last 2 months. The Nats need another veteran arm. In short the post says the Nats tried to get Chan Ho Park or Braden Looper, but weren't successful with either.
On one hand it's nice to see that the Nats understand that you can't go into the season with only 2 legit starters. On the other hand their commitment to...uhh... something (Detwiler? Smoltz? Parsimony?)... has led them to the point where this is what they have to look at. Chan Ho Park hasn't started regularly since the 2007 minor league season, and he stunk there. Braden Looper is an innings eating 4th/5th starter who has been living in a cave this offseason, expecting a contract with both a secure starting role (ok, maybe) and for something probably around 4 million dollars (no way).
This didn't have to happen. There were good affordable guys out there earlier in the off-season. But the Nats didn't move and now they find themselves again struggling to fill the majority of the rotation with guys you feel will toss a decent enough 170 innings to last a season. There's still time left to fix this, but not much.