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."
The Market Is
The nonwaiver deadline has passed, but these players could still draw interest
and be traded this month if they clear waivers.
Aaron Boone, 3B,
The promotion of hot prospect Andy Marte last weekend made this veteran (.248,
38 RBIs through Sunday) expendable.
Despite a rocky season the Cuban workhorse remains attractive because of his
postseason r�sum� (6-2, 3.99 ERA).
Jon Lieber, RHP,
The struggling sinkerballer (4-8, 6.09) could be snapped up quickly if he
shows glimpses of his 17-win performance in 2005.
Mark Redman, LHP,
Headed toward free agency this fall, the All-Star's stock has risen with his
7-2, 4.65 showing since June 4.
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