Counterpoint: Keeping Soriano not necessarily the worst decision of all-time

I respectfully disagree with the my esteemed colleague Mr. Bridge, who thinks the Nats have erred by not trading Alfonso Soriano. While I would not have minded him being shipped off for some good prospects, it is quite probable that no team was willing to part with any/enough good prospects for a mere two months of Soriano’s services. It is possible that the Nationals braintrust determined the prospects that they could acquire would not better than the two draft picks in the 1st round that they will likely be granted should Soriano file for free agency. The always excellent Capital Punishment provides a breakdown of the situation.

So, what are Nats fans left with now? For starters the opportunity to see Soriano approach a 40-40 season. He is having a very special year that will likely stand as the finest individual season in Nats history for some time. Additionally, those two extra draft picks the Nats get if Soriano leaves the team as a free agent after being offered arbitration could become the building blocks of the organization.

Time will tell whether or not this was a good move, but my initial analysis suggests that at the very least, it was not a bad move.

3 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 6:11 pm

    Rebuild the Team…or pay umpty million dollars to keep a guy on a subpar team.

    I see.

  2. WFY (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 6:19 pm

    If Soriano leaves this winter, the Nats get compensated with high draft picks, so they get still get a chance to rebuild the franchise.

  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 6:22 pm

    It strikes me as such a no-brainer to trade him to the Angels for the deal that was on the table, but, well, I guess Jim Bowden stopped taking his medicine.

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