Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Soriano On Waivers

Ken Rosenthal, who has had a much better track record than Buster Olney, says that Alfonso Soriano has been placed on waivers.

Ken runs through all the breathless speculation and recaps how not trading him earlier was likely a mistake, because they're certain to get less now. He completely ignores the fact that the best reported offer, which was mediocre, (Jason Kubel and Scott Baker) wasn't actually offered.

He reports the horror of the idea that the Nats might be stuck with him if he accepts arbitration! Gasp! Soriano on a one-year contract!?!? How will the team survive? Jesus. That's about the ideal situation. You get Soriano with no long-term commitment, and you can always do the whole trade thing at the deadline next year or repeate the arbitration/draft-pick charade next year.

Rosenthal buries the lede, though. Soriano gets the flashy name in lights, but it's the idea that Bowden threw Astacio and Armas (or anyone else) on waivers at the same time. Claiming teams would have a choice. They realistically can't claim all three because of the damage it could do to their active roster if the Nats just gave the players up. This could allow Bowden to slip those guys through, allowing Bowden to pull off a trade with another team with no strings attached.

With the Mets recent pitching woes, you don't think they'd look long and hard at Armas or Astacio?

Things could be brewing. We'll just have to wait a few days to see.

5 Comments:

  • Thanks for the information. I have that website on my blog, but it isn't my first choice to look for news, so I probably would not have noticed that article.

    1 year, $15 million dollars

    By Blogger Michael Briggs, at 8/16/2006 10:00 AM  

  • That offer would be an excuse for raising ticket prices 20% - again. Not a legitimate excuse, just an excuse.

    By Anonymous A wary fan, at 8/16/2006 10:57 AM  

  • I've got to hope there is another deal out there for Astacio and or Armas. Quantity in the minors is right now as important as middling quality in the majors. I'm not enthused though, Livan was the only "hot" commodity that Bowden has traded.

    By Blogger El Gran Color Naranja, at 8/16/2006 11:19 AM  

  • Putting Soriano on ANOTHER contract year? That's a damn good idea.

    By Blogger MDT, at 8/16/2006 12:16 PM  

  • 15 sounds too high, more like 12-13 and at the end of the day you are only on the hook for half a season if you trade him.

    By Anonymous Mo, at 8/16/2006 6:24 PM  

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