Surly Soriano Sulking Already
"I didn't change positions when I came to Texas from the Yankees," Soriano said. "Why would I change now? I'm an All-Star at second base."
Do you get the feeling that GM Jim Bowden didn't talk to Soriano about making a move to the outfield before he pulled the trigger on the deal, that Bowden assumed that because he was able to get Tony Fernandez to switch to third base in 1995, he could do the same with Soriano. The newest National said that as of Thursday morning, no one from either the Nationals or the Rangers has contacted him about being dealt. That's a great way to do business.
I think Bowden's got a real problem. He just traded two quality major league players and the #7 prospect in the organization for a player who is being forced to play a position he doesn't want to. And this is the guy who will be free to leave after only one season in Washington.
The only hope for all concerned is for Bowden to trade Jose Vidro for prospects, play Soriano at second, hope he signs a long term contract, and put Brandon Watson or Marlon Byrd in the outfield.
I hope that Bowden didn't pull this trade to impress the Red Sox.