The Herald is running a story about the Nationals rumored interest in one of the Sox gazillion starters. Brian Lawrence is out for a few months and they want to make up for his loss. Rumor is they have their eyes on the troubador Arroyo or hairy-chinned Clement. The Sox could be asking for Soriano in return for Clement, as they’re equally expensive, or Nick Johnson or Ryan Church for Arroyo. Of course, this is just a rumor, and one that doesn’t spell out whether the Sox are willing to talk. In any case, Boston fans should be encouraged; if Jim Bowden wants to deal with you (and your name is Theo Epstein), that’s very good news. I say the Sox hold out until Bowden sends them Nick Johnson, John Patterson, Chad Cordero, part ownership of the Nationals, and an all expense-paid trip to the Bahamas for all Fenway staff for the injured and disgruntled David Wells. It’s not out of the realm of possibility.