Soriano a Cub, Bowden a Moron

So, someone out there on the internet could do us all a great big favor and photoshop Jim Bowden’s head on to the body of a horse, or maybe in place of it’s rear end, just so we can post it with this story. Alfonso Soriano took the big bucks in Chicago, signing an eight year, $136M deal with the Cubbies, and bringing his chapter in Washington to a close.

Remember back in July, when the Nats refused to trade Soriano at the Deadline? And Bowden said they could sign him to play forever and a day in DC instead? Yeah. Bowden’s a moron. The Nats decided not to pay $17M per season for Soriano, and will instead fritter it away on some other likely shitty roster moves. So, with the free-agent market now beginning, and the first shot out of the cannon a big one, can the Nats afford anyone on the market? If Soriano’s getting 17M, it’s unlikely the Nats could make an offer to Barry Zito, or any of the other major free agents, leaving us with second tier pickings which will cause attendance to once again droop.

Good job, Jimmy Bo.

3 Comments so far

  1. maia (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

    I am glad you are not the GM. It wasn’t the amount per year but the length of the contract. I guess you wouldn’t mind being saddled with a $17m/year aging outfielder in a couple of years?

    I would rather take that money and put it into starting pitching and continue to develop the minor leagues, scouting and prospect development than the black hole of Fonzie as a 36-39 year old.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 3:49 pm

    I’m more upset with Jimmy Bo for not trading Soriano the first time around than I am for him not signing him at this point. Really, we should have given him a five year deal in August, instead of just letting him go for a single sandwich pick (since the Cubs suck only slightly more than we do.) in the off-season.

    Who do you think we have a reasonable shot at, pitching wise?

  3. Maia (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 10:21 pm

    I think if there had been an offer for some good young arms, JB would have pulled the trigger, but rumors of trade offers appear to have been inflated.

    I am not familiar enough with this year’s free agent crop to offer an opinion for signings.

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