With the Nats ownership transfer now complete, and Jim Bowden is cut free of his MLB puppet strings, it should be an interesting week over at RFK for the GM and his newly free staff. The Nats, suddenly, are the belle of the ball, showing off Alfonso Soriano like a brand new corvette for all to see. See, Soriano is the hottest commodity in baseball right now: a multi-position power hitter with an OPS of close to 1.000. There are several teams looking seriously at dealing prospects to the Nationals in exchange for Soriano.
Sure, it means the Nats might finish 25 games back in the division and significantly under .500, but I think you have to admit that was going to be their fate anyhow, and with Soriano’s contract up at the end of the season, it’s not likely he’d be staying here. So, away he goes, in exchange for some rookies along the same calibre of Ryan Zimmerman, who’s been amazing to watch at third this season.
Will it be the White Sox in exchange for one of their hot prospects? The Yankees, in exchange for Phil Hughes? The Angels in exchange for Ervin Santana? Or will it be a Ricky-William-esque trade wherein we get a team’s entire draft card for next season?
We’ll know before Monday night at midnight when the trade deadline expires.
Will it be the Angels? The White Sox? The Yanks? The Tigers? Tell us what you hear.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs