The neighboring Nationals and Orioles squandered opportunities to reload for the future when they stunningly opted to retain their franchise players. Baltimore committed a major blunder by shooting down the Angels' sweet offer of 23-year-old righthander Ervin Santana and 22-year-old Triple A shortstop Erick Aybar for shortstop Miguel Tejada. But even more perplexing was Washington's decision to hold on to leftfielder Alfonso Soriano, who is eligible for free agency this winter. "[Keeping Soriano] makes no sense," says an NL executive. "There were fair deals on the table for [the Nationals]; they were just asking for way too much. Unless they're willing to shell out the big bucks to sign him long-term, which seems unlikely, this looks like a mistake."
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Jon Lieber, RHP,