The Washington Nationals are looking more and more like they will trade Alfonso Soriano sometime before the trade deadline. From Today’s Wapo:

Nationals scouting director Dana Brown and player personnel director Bob Boone have both seen New York Yankees Class AA affiliate Trenton over the past two weeks, an indication of the Nationals’ hope that the Yankees might eventually be willing to deal hard-throwing right-hander Philip Hughes as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Hughes, the youngest player in the Class AA Eastern League at 20, is 4-3 with a 3.18 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings, and some Nationals executives believe he’s no worse than a No. 3 starter in the majors, “and he could be a [No.] 1,” one executive said.

Not every player can handle the stress of playing in New York, but Soriano thrived in pinstripes, hitting .290, 38 HRs and 91 RBIs in 2003, the last last of his five seasons in the big apple. Of course, this time around, Soriano would be playing the outfield instead of manning second base. And if you’re a Yankees fan who believes that defense wins championships, the idea of Soriano chasing fly balls in left probably makes you a little nervous. Then again, the Yanks won with Soriano dropping balls at second, so logic would suggest that they can win with him dropping them in left, too.

4 Responses to “Soriano headed back to Bronx?”

  1. Why wouldn’t Soriano go back to second? Yanks don’t have a very productive hitter there right now in Miguel Cairo. I wonder if the they would be willing to part with that prospect for Marcus Giles plus a little something extra. Braves are gonna need some good arms in the pipeline.

  2. Sarah Green says:

    I love David Ortiz.

  3. Sorry, Coley. But even if the Phillies could have kept both Thome and Howard, the order in the standings in the NL East wouldn’t change. I know this sounds biased coming from a Met fan, but realistically speaking, no player – not Pujols, nor Johan Santana, not David Ortiz, not A-Rod – can singlehandedly make up twelve games. Yes, the race would be closer, most likely. But the Mets would still be in first. Look at the Win Shares, think about who Thome would be replacing, so on an so forth. It’ll make a difference, just not as big as twelve games.

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