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  • #16
    Originally posted by Senior skittles
    i know he is a horrible defender but u have to make succesions in order to become better and if that means moving vidro than so be it....I really do not understand what the nats were thinking when they thought that soriano would change when he came over i mean cmon....he said he wasent going to move from 2nd!!!!!
    And other players have also been unhappy but ultimately agreed to their manager's orders. Soriano is not just horrible. If Tom Knott's numbers are right, he is the worst defensive second baseman of the last 50 years. You need somebody who can field playing second base---making one error every week is too much. You can afford to play a poor-fielding, great-hitting outfielder. You can't do the same with second---even if that second baseman hits more than OTHER second basemen in the majors.

    Eddie Cunningham
    20 20

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

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    • #17
      Originally posted by eddiejc1
      In slight defense to Soriano, the Rangers refused to let Bowden talk with Soriano, and few people thought he would be this obstinate. Sadly, a lot of people look at baseball only through offensive statistics. Sports Illustrated lists Soriano as the number one second baseman in their fantasy baseball line-up. Unsurprisingly, it does not list his errors in their statistics.

      Eddie Cunningham
      Well, with a Texas refusal to chat with Soriano even more red flags should have been fluttering in front of Bowden's eyes, considering the plans he had for Mr. Agreeable.

      There is absolutely no way I could consider raising any kind of defense for Soriano. The Nationals need to maintain a hardline and not give an inch to Soriano. Though a thoroughly ill advised move in trading for him without Soriano privy to the plans Bowden had for him, Soriano's actions are inexcusable. He is a pariah to this team and if he returns he will cast a deeper shadow in the clubhouse.

      I would assume with his actions of tonight, Soriano's stock in any fantasy league will begin plummet drastically should he maintain his stance.

      I haven't played fantasy ball since the late 1980s. I don't keep up with it now. Are there any fantasy leagues out there that consider defensive stats?

      I, too, have heard reports of Soriano leaving camp. The guys value, real or fantasy, is dropping like a stone in a pool of water.

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      • #18
        In reality, Bowden and the Nats have Soriano over a barrel now...

        If I get this right, and he goes on the 'disqualified' list, then the following will be in order...

        1. No pay.
        2. No time service.
        3. As long as he remains on the list, he remains property of the Nats...i.e., if he decides to sit out this year, he doesn't become a Free Agent next year because he has not had a years service on his Nats contract.

        I hated losing Wilkerson and Sledge for him, but this isn't quite as bad as the T.O. incident in Philly. It is playing out now. I don't see Frank Robinson wavering at all. And Mr. Soriano might just be playing himself out of baseball with his selfish little stand.
        Tideman80
        James McKenzie
        The 'Nats are back!

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        • #19
          Bowden is an idiot for trading for him to play the OF. The Rangers traded him because he refused to move from 2B, why would he suddenly change his mind when he was vehemently against it? Even though it's insane that Soriano is against the move, I don't feel bad for the Nats -- they should have seen it coming.
          ~MOE

          Moonlight Graham
          ...one game, no at-bats...


          RisingApple.com

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          • #20
            I really hate more than ever that we gave up Wilkerson for this chump. Wilkerson provided much-needed security at first base for when Johnson gets hurt (as seems inevitable based on his history).

            Poster East Coast Bat Co said of Soriano, earlier in this thread, "Could care less to ever see him on a field again." At this point, I couldn't care less if I ever see him on a field.

            The interesting thing is that apparently his (brief) stint in left for the Yankees, after Jeter returned from an injury, was successful; I think I read that the Yankees would have kept him in left but had an injury at second and so moved Knoblauch to left and Soriano to second.
            I will not assimilate into the Angelos Collective. Resistance is not futile.

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            • #21
              The reason there was so little interest for Soriano is because teams were scared off by his not wanting to switch positions. Granted, if he opening said that he was willing to play the OF, teams would be all over him. But since he doesn't, I believe my Mets and the your Nats were the only teams looking to trade for him.
              ~MOE

              Moonlight Graham
              ...one game, no at-bats...


              RisingApple.com

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              • #22
                The Nats don't have Soriano over anything until Fehr/Orza go along with it. Expect grievances to be filed and some sort of wacky arbitration hearing to follow.

                And, of course, Bowden was foolish to trade for Soriano. It was a bad trade even if Soriano would have moved to the OF willingly.
                Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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                • #23
                  Agreed. There weren't many teams bidding for his services, so the Nats basically outbid themselves. Wilkerson was playing injured last season, and he's due for a good year this season.
                  ~MOE

                  Moonlight Graham
                  ...one game, no at-bats...


                  RisingApple.com

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                  • #24
                    Well, at least there is the disqualified list so we won't have to pay him squat.
                    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
                      Originally posted by KingJ
                      Well, at least there is the disqualified list so we won't have to pay him squat.
                      I'd rather pay him and have him play the outfield than waste a roster spot and not pay him.

                      Bill Ladson says that Jimbo was about to deal Soriano to Cincy for Willy Mo but Boston got their paws there before us.
                      Cristobal

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by wilkerson_rulz
                        I'd rather pay him and have him play the outfield than waste a roster spot and not pay him.

                        Bill Ladson says that Jimbo was about to deal Soriano to Cincy for Willy Mo but Boston got their paws there before us.
                        Thank goodness, that would be a waste. But there is still speculation in an article on boston.com that they could swap Soriano and Pena, but this may be old news now.

                        If he sits, the Sox are risking having another Jay Payton on their hands, which led to the ugliness in Texas last year in which Payton openly challenged Francona. There was already a rumor circulating last night that Washingon GM Jim Bowden, who made the trade that brought Pena to the Reds from the Yankees, might try to get the Sox to flip Pena for Alfonso Soriano, who refused to play left field for the Nats last night (Bowden, rumor has it, also would love Manny if the Sox paid some of the money).

                        http://www.boston.com/sports/basebal...ode_of_talent/

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by KCGHOST
                          The Nats don't have Soriano over anything until Fehr/Orza go along with it. Expect grievances to be filed...
                          I don't know too much about grievances and the CBA. How would his refusal to honor his contract be grievable?

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by wilkerson_rulz
                            I'd rather pay him and have him play the outfield than waste a roster spot and not pay him.
                            I believe players on the disqualified list don't get counted against the roster limit (like guys on DL).
                            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
                              On an interesting note, I read up on the disqualified list and it turns out that players contracts on the DQ list don't become active until after they are removed so if Soriano spends the whole year on this list, we still have a 1-yr contract with him and he doesn't become a free agent at the end of the 2006 season.
                              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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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by eddiejc1
                                And other players have also been unhappy but ultimately agreed to their manager's orders. Soriano is not just horrible. If Tom Knott's numbers are right, he is the worst defensive second baseman of the last 50 years. You need somebody who can field playing second base---making one error every week is too much. You can afford to play a poor-fielding, great-hitting outfielder. You can't do the same with second---even if that second baseman hits more than OTHER second basemen in the majors.

                                Eddie Cunningham
                                that is very true
                                Our future.....Colby Rasmus.....Im his biggest fan!!!

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