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March 21, 2006 – MLB – Phillips: Handling Soriano

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I was going to write a blog about the whole issue with Alfonso Soriano and the Washington Nationals. I wanted to find an article that summarized the issue to reference in my blog, and in doing so found the above article by Steve Phillips. He really says everything I was going to say, so I would suggest reading it.

If you don’t have an ESPN Insider account, I will sum it up for you:

Soriano was traded to the nationals this off-season from the Texas Rangers. The Nats picked him up in hopes of moving him to left field, a position he does not want to play. The problem is that the Nationals already have a superb second baseman named Jose Vidro. He is good at the plate and in the field. While Soriano might be better with the bat, his defense is no where near that of Vidro’s.

Soriano, however, knows that while he is one of the best offensive second baseman, he wouldn’t rank has high among outfielders, so he has refused to move to the outfield.

Now, the Nationals probably could have avoided this who situation if they had not made the trade without an assurance he would move to the outfield, and barring that, should have had some sort of backup plan. The deal is done however, so what now?

They could trade Soriano, but they wouldn’t get anything near his value in return this late in the season. They could also trade Vidro, but they would not only be losing a great player, but setting a horrible precedent. So, they are looking at another option, placing Soriano on the rarely used disqualified list.

If placed on the disqualified list, Soriano would be unable play, earn salary, or accrue service time. He would basically be screwing himself over if he allows himself to be placed on that list. Not only will he be giving up part of him $10 million salary, he will also decrease his free agent value. If he stays on there long enough, he might not even accrue the 93 service days required for him to become a free agent.

I have a feeling its not going to happen. Soriano will most likely wise up and accept the move to left field before being placed on the list. If he does make it to the list, it will probably only take a few days before he realizes the Nationals aren’t going to be bullied, and backs down. However, part of me hopes he cuts off his own nose to spite his face. I would love to see him spend the entire season on the disqualified list. I highly believe its the spoiled nature of players now days that is ruining baseball, and I would like nothing more than to finally see one of them pay for that attitude.

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2 Responses to “ – MLB – Phillips: Handling Soriano”

  1. Adam N. Says:

    chase, I have to respectfully disagree with you. First off, I want to let you know we agree on the issue if spoiled athletes,
    T.O. comes to mind and I personally think the commissioner should have blacklisted him for holding out on his team. But that is
    an ENTIRELY separate issue from being initially SIGNED by an organization to play a position. He is a second basemen, he is not
    one of the other 8 positions on the field. I like how you touched on the point that the Nationals should have researched this
    more before making such a huge trade.

    T.O. agreed to a contract and then held out… that is the face of disgrace. Soriano is being put into a situation he has no
    control over, has no options, and is going to be punished unless he does exactly as the organization tells him to. Would you
    like being in a position that you went to college for and trained for and have been at, and then told you’re going to have to
    change to a different position that is actually going to decrease your free agent value next year? Maybe a corporation could
    get away with that… but this is assuming human beings by nature are following an unspoken code of ethics.

    Alfonso Soriano has plenty of other issues that fans can use to call him out on being a bad teammate and (obviously not the best
    defensive 2nd basemen), but he was signed as a second basemen.

  2. chase Says:

    Well, I agree that Soriano is not T.O.
    Those are two totally different situations.

    If I worked for an organization and did a poor job in the position I was in, and the organization wanted to move me to a position that would better suit my talents, then I would happily make that change.

    The argument would be different if Soriano was a good second baseman, but he isn’t. Baseball isn’t just a bunch of people gathering in the back yard to play a game. Its a buisness. The people that pay Soriano his $10 million have every right to tell him what position to play.

    I do a lot of things at my job that I didn’t go to college to learn how to do. I would much prefer to write code all day. But I get to be a sys admin, I get to set up computers, I get to do pretty much anything computer related. I do that because I am paid to do a job, and when the people that pay me tell me to do something, I do it, whether I was trained to do it or not. Whether I was signed to do it or not.

    I would also be willing to bet money that Soriano wasn’t signed as a 2nd baseman. I am betting he wasn’t signed to play any position at all, but just to play.

    He has options. He can play LF, or he cannot play at all. Look at Chipper Jones, he knew he might be risking his chances at the HOF, and he still moved to LF when asked.

    I am sorry, but players are hired by and payed by ball clubs. In the end, when in conflict, the ball clubs get the final say.

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