From ESPN's Rumor Central

National hope
<Jul. 1> Washington GM Jim Bowden, looking to upgrade his rotation for an NL East title run, might be interested in Cincinnati pitcher Eric Milton if the Reds are willing to pick up a hefty enough chunk of Milton's salary, reports Insider Jerry Crasnick.

Milton, who signed a three-year, $25.5 million deal over the winter, is 3-9 with a 7.40 ERA and has surrendered a whopping 27 homers in 93 2/3 innings. But Milton has pitched better in his last three starts, and the Nationals think he could benefit from a move to RFK Stadium, where the spacious outfield fences are more charitable to fly ball pitchers.