Sunday, March 19, 2006

Alfonso Soriano Ordered to the Outfield

Alfonso Soriano returned from the World Classic Games without a trophy, but Washington manager Frank Robinson will present him with a special token of his esteem: A $10 million hammer. Soriano will be told politely but in no uncertain terms that he has a $10 million contract to play for the Nationals and if he expects to be paid he must give up his intentions to play 2B, which belongs to infielder Jose Vidro. Soriano has resisted moving to the outfield because the switch would impact his earning power. He is correct that his services are coveted as a power hitting infielder, which enhances his value. But his defensive capabilities are less than sterling up the middle.