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  • #16
    Alfonso Soriano deal

    Since no one posted the story, I figured I would:


    Acquired:
    2B Alfonso Soriano

    Lost:
    OF Brad Wilkerson, OF Termel Sledge and a player to be named later(A. G).


    http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/...=.jsp&c_id=was
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    DALLAS -- According to a high-ranking baseball official, the Nationals have acquired Rangers second baseman Alfonso Soriano in exchange for outfielders Brad Wilkerson, Terrmel Sledge and Minor League pitcher Armando Galarraga. The deal will be completed pending physicals.
    Nationals general manager Jim Bowden would neither confirm nor deny the transaction.

    Washington and Texas were in trade talks for two days, with the Rangers hoping that that the Nationals would add better Minor Leaguers to the deal. According to a source, the Rangers were hoping that right-hander Collin Balester, third baseman Kory Casto or left-hander Michael Hinckley would be added to the deal, but the Nationals wouldn't budge.

    Soriano is the power hitter and speedster Washington has been craving, with the Nationals finishing last in the Major Leagues in offense in 2005. He will be added to a lineup that includes Jose Guillen, Nick Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman. Soriano is expected to hit in the middle in the order.

    In 2005, Soriano hit .268 with 36 home runs and 104 RBIs, and he recorded 30 stolen bases for Texas. During his seven-year career, Soriano has a .280 average with 162 home runs, 465 RBIs and 169 stolen bases. He is best known for playing with the Yankees, appearing in two World Series, in 2001 and 2003.

    Soriano made $7 million in 2005 and is arbitration eligible. He is slated to make around $10 million in 2006. When ownership is in place, the Nationals are going to work on giving Soriano a long-term deal. He is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the '06 season.

    In D.C., Soriano will play center or left field with Jose Vidro remaining at second base. However, a source said the Nats have not ruled out Soriano playing second base because Vidro is still recovering from a sore right knee and his quadriceps are still weak. Vidro missed most of the second half of 2005 with those injuries. Washington has not talked to Soriano about switching positions.

    In 2001, Soriano was slated to be the Yankees' starting left fielder, but Chuck Knoblauch's throwing problems forced him to play second base.

    Wilkerson, who is also arbitration eligible, can play all three outfield positions and first base. He had been Washington's primary leadoff hitter the last three years, but he had a down season in 2005, hitting .248 with 11 home runs and 57 RBIs. Many feel his struggles were caused by injuries to his left shoulder and both forearms.

    At the same time, some in the Washington organization grew tired of Wilkerson's strikeouts. His lack of production in '05 didn't justify the 147 strikeouts.

    Wilkerson's best season was in 2004, when he hit .255 with 32 home runs and 67 RBIs and was named the Expos' Player of the Year.



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    Sledge, a Frank Robinson favorite, missed most of the 2005 season because of a torm right hamstring. He is currently playing winter ball in Puerto Rico. The Nationals have been trying to trade Sledge since the winter of 2004. In fact, Sledge and infielder Brendan Harris were almost traded to the Cubs for Sammy Sosa.

    In 2004, Sledge had a solid rookie season for the Expos, hitting .269 with 15 home runs and 62 RBIs.

    Galarraga played for Class A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg last season. He went 3-4 with a 2.48 ERA for Potomac, while having the same record with a 5.19 ERA for Harrisburg.

    Soriano wasn't the only player Washington was trying to get on Wednesday. According to two baseball sources, the Nationals and Diamondbacks tried to work out a deal that would have sent right-hander Javier Vazquez to Washington for outfielder Ryan Church, infielder Jamey Carroll and a Minor League pitcher. One source said Arizona wanted either Balester or Hinckley.

    "We thought we had a deal, but when we walked into the room, the deal completely changed," the source said. "The talks broke off and they are done now."

    Earlier, there was a rumor circulating around the Wyndham Anatole hotel that had the Nationals involved in a three-way deal with the Reds and Blue Jays. The deal would've sent Wilkerson to Toronto, Shea Hillenbrand and another player to Cincinnati and Wily Mo Pena to Washington. Bowden told MLB.com that rumor was false.

    "I have not had any dealings with [Blue Jays general manager] J.P. Ricciardi since the Winter Meetings started, other than to say congratulations on his three-year extension," said Bowden.

    Two additional baseball sources familiar with the Nationals said that no such deal was talked about.

    Agent Scott Boras said Washington made competitive offers to three of his clients -- Kevin Millwood, Jarrod Washburn and Kenny Rogers. Boras also said his clients are not afraid to play for a team that doesn't have an ownership group in place.

    "We understand the commitment the ownership has to make to buy the franchise," said Boras. "Whom ever gets involved, we feel they will be committed to winning. The revenue is going to be great. My clients have not had any [hesitation] in terms of considering Washington."
    Cristobal

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    • #17
      Check out all those catchers Bowden signed to minor league deals.
      The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

      The A: No

      ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
      Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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      • #18
        Originally posted by wilkerson_rulz
        Jim, sign a big-name bat and pitcher!
        There is no such thing as a big-name bat to sign.
        The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

        The A: No

        ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
        Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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        • #19
          Originally posted by KingJ
          Check out all those catchers Bowden signed to minor league deals.
          Man! We need them for what?
          Nothing.
          Exactly.

          "In other news, the Nationals signed catchers Wiki Gonzalez, Mike DiFelice, Alberto Castillo and Brandon Harper to 2006 Minor League contracts."

          And how much is Jim paying these freaks?
          Cristobal

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          • #20
            Originally posted by KingJ
            There is no such thing as a big-name bat to sign.
            How about Jeromy Burnitz?
            Cristobal

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            • #21
              Originally posted by wilkerson_rulz
              And how much is Jim paying these freaks?
              Since it is a minor league contract, they will spend most if not all of the season in New Orleans or Harrisburg with a callup when we need a catcher due to injury. Average pay for such a deal is $75,000 a year per player which will be paid for by the owner of whatever minor league team we send them to.
              The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

              The A: No

              ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
              Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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              • #22
                What would you guys think of Burnitz as a Nat?
                Good bat, average defense:noidea
                Cristobal

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                • #23
                  Updated to make note of a couple of things I skipped over earlier, mainly Billy Traber (LHP)'s minor league signing and spring training invitation. He had a brief stint as a starter for the Indians in 2003 where he went 6-9 with an ERA of 5.24 over 111.2 innings before getting injured, sent down to recover, and forgotten about.

                  Although an ERA of 5.24 does sound pretty bad, he is a young (26) left-handed pitcher (needed) with an ERA of 3.89 at Jacobs Field (shorter fences than RFK) and a major league complete game 1-hitter against the Yankees (wow). Great 6th starter when needed.
                  The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

                  The A: No

                  ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
                  Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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                  • #24
                    Robinson, St. Claire re-signed

                    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_yl...v=ap&type=lgns

                    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Frank Robinson will return for a fifth season as manager of the Washington Nationals.

                    Robinson, who turned 70 in August, was re-signed after two months of offseason limbo while the team's sale and stadium deals continued to be negotiated. With the team still unsold and spring training two months away, general manager Jim Bowden began talks last week to bring back Robinson for another season.

                    Robinson was hired by Major League Baseball to manage the Montreal Expos after the franchise was bought by the other 29 teams in 2002. Robinson initially expected to hold the job for one year while the team was eliminated, but instead the franchise was moved to Washington at the end of last year.

                    Robinson is 314-334 with the Expos/Nationals, including 81-81 this year.

                    The Nationals also announced that bench coach Eddie Rodriguez and pitching coach Randy St. Claire will be retained for 2006. Hitting coach Tom McCraw, first-base coach Don Buford, bullpen coach Bob Natal and third-base coach Dave Huppert will not return.
                    Last edited by KingJ; 12-15-2005, 04:15 PM.
                    The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

                    The A: No

                    ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
                    Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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                    • #25
                      You might want to put a hyphen in the title of the post. For most people "resigned" is the opposite of "re-signed."

                      Eddie Cunningham
                      20 20

                      Finally---something Nats and Birds fans can agree on!

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by eddiejc1
                        You might want to put a hyphen in the title of the post. For most people "resigned" is the opposite of "re-signed."

                        Eddie Cunningham

                        awooops...
                        The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

                        The A: No

                        ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
                        Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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                        • #27
                          Good thing they're gone.

                          Good thing McGraw is gone, now we can get to business, better hitting coach means more offense.
                          Good thing 1st base and 3rd base coaches are gone: no more baserunning errorsmore SB's and more runs, more agresssive baserunning)
                          Cristobal

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                          • #28
                            Armas rejects arbitration, Tucker to minors

                            It was probably only done so we could sign him at a lower price in January. I'm glad we aren't non-tendering Tucker and giving him a chance in AAA.
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                            http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/a...tnered=rss_was

                            Free agent right-hander Tony Armas Jr. has decided not to accept arbitration from the Nationals. He now has until Jan. 8 to negotiate and sign a deal with the team. If both parties can't reach an agreement by then, Armas cannot sign with the Nationals until May 1.

                            For the third year in a row, Armas had an injury-plagued season in 2005. He continued to have right shoulder problems and had surgery at the end of September. In need of pitching, the Nationals feel that Armas will make a full recovery, and they would like to give him an incentive-laden contract. Last season, Armas went 7-7 with a 4.97 ERA.

                            "We continue to have dialogue with [Armas'] agent Diego Benz," general manager Jim Bowden said via e-mail.

                            In other news, right-hander T.J. Tucker, who was arbitration-eligible, said on Monday night he has signed a Minor League deal to stay with the Nationals. He is not expected to be in big-league camp during Spring Training.

                            Tucker's season ended on June 18, when he was placed on the disabled list because of inflammation on his right elbow. It turned out that he needed Tommy John surgery.

                            Tucker, 27, said he most likely will not pitch in a big-league game until June.

                            "It's a whole new elbow and it feels great," Tucker said.
                            The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

                            The A: No

                            ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
                            Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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                            • #29
                              Armas probably should have elected arbitration. As it stands right now, and with his history of injury, it's doubtful, at least to me, that he will find a lot of interest via free agency. At this point in his career, half a loaf is better than none.

                              A note to Tony. You might find yourself in a AAA situation for the start of 2006. All that means is you have to prove yourself all over again that you're worthy of a decent MLB contract. If indeed the injuries are behind you, I have no doubt you'll be with a major league team sometime during next season.
                              CBk Oldtimer #16 now #29

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                              • #30
                                It's a good thing Armas rejected arbitration. I wouldn't want a pitcher as terrible as him on our team. I have a feeling Tucker will be better than he ever was when the Nats call him up(in June).
                                Cristobal

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