THE NEGATIVE ASPECT OF ALFONSO SORIANO
If Soriano gets traded, and I think he will, it will be because he wasn't willing to forego free agency to stay in D.C. for $60 million or so. Greed will be the reason. Saying that you want to stay is one thing, while actually wanting to stay is something else entirely.
I'm sure it's all negotiation slight-of-hand from both sides, and it stinks. Both sides are posturing so they can say, "see, we tried!"
I guess the politics of Washington are rubbing off.
I'm worried that the two picks ( a first round and really the first "second round" pick could be a gold mine or could be a black hole, and we really won't know either way until 2011 or so.
If Stan Kasten said, "We're keeping Soriano for the rest of the season, and if we can't re-sign him, we'll just sign some super-star free agent to take his place," then I'd be with you. But Kasten has said just the opposite, that he won't pursue "high dollar" free agents. That would force the team to 1)find a replacement among the current stable of major league outfielders and 2)wait four or five years to see those picks play in the bigs, if at all.
No, I'd rather him get traded now for a few prospects who have a track record then take a chance on spending millions in signing bonuses for a couple of guys who might never get out of class 'A' ball.
Thanks for stopping by, Phil.
And I don't think that Angelos is playing a "lawyer's trick," Farid. I just think he has no idea what the hell he is doing with that team---and hasn't since mid-season 1997, if not earlier. I'd add a smiley, but I actually am a fan of the Orioles.
Mike O'Connor, I have said for a while, just is not good. Does not have enough stuff to get major league hitters out on a regular basis. Everything looks the same coming from him. He is a nice local story. In fact, his father, who sits in our section 320 for every home game, played George Washington in the Presidents Race last sunday at RFK. They are good people, but unfortunately Mike is not MLB caliber. Its just too bad.
Stay tuned for the off-season, as the Nats will be busy. I expect that they will be shopping Vidro, Guzman (who they must move now that Lopez is on the team), Broadway (who is ready for the majors but is blocked at 1B by Nick Johnson), and probably Livan.
Whether Livan stays or goes, they will have to acquire pitching -- in the current rotation, all but Livan are free agents, and, of the injured pitchers, only Patterson and Hill are under club control at a reasonable price (options on Drese and Lawrence will be bought out, although they may resign at a discount). I suspect that trades will not be particularly fruitful given what the Nationals have to offer, and they will have to dip into free agency to address their starting pitching needs. (Or make available top young players such as Casto and Church.) Unfortunately, similar to last year, the free agent class is pretty weak and the top available starters will comand Weaver, Millwood and Burnett-like contracts.
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