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Monday, July 31, 2006


Soriano to the Tigers, through the Marlins?

Not likely, but Stark mentioned the possibility. The Nationals want pitching prospects and the Marlins are loaded with pitching prospects. The Marlins would trade pitching prospects to the Nationals for Soriano, then the Marlins would turn around and trade him to the Tigers for something or other (outfield prospect Cameron Maybin?). There is some indication that the Tigers and Marlins have discussed this particular scenario. And some indication that the Marlins talked with the Nationals. News stories on this particular development: Sun Sentinel (South Florida News)
It is believed the Marlins are willing to part with some upper level pitching prospects such as Yusmeiro Petit, Renyel Pinto and Jason Vargas to land the five-time All-Star and make a run at the wild card.

Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden has not received what he considers a suitable offer for Soriano, particularly from a pitching standpoint. The Marlins can satisfy that requirement.
(no mention of the 'to Tigers' part).
And: Fox Sports:
One rival executive predicts that the Nationals will either make a killer trade or one so poor that 15 teams will end up thinking they could have offered a better package for Soriano.

The Marlins tried to broker a deal for Soriano on Sunday with the idea of flipping him to the Tigers in a three-way trade that potentially could have landed them prime outfield prospect Cameron Maybin.

An official with knowledge of those talks, however, say that such a deal is unlikely to occur.

Abreu and Lidle to the Yankees, Red Sox likes countering the Yankee’s moves so they talked with the Nationals about Soriano. Red Sox have prospects, but don’t really want to trade them. Red Sox still might make a deal, though.

Apparently the Astros, Angels and Twins are also still in the trade talks, Dodgers slipped off radar (along with the other teams not mentioned).

Keep Soriano, trade him, whatever happens has to be decided by 4:00 pm today.

Also: Nationals swept by Dodgers, O’Connor back to minors with sore elbow, Ryan Wagner of the Reds trade up to majors. Travis Hughes, brought up when Stanton traded, pitched July 29th and gave up 1 hit in 1 inning of work, but otherwise had zeros across the board. He has now appeared in 17 games in the majors.

And Also: The other Nationals: Hernandez, Armas, and now even Ortiz are mentioned by Stark as possible pitcher pick-ups through trade. Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees, Rangers, Mets, Dodgers, and Reds are interested in pitching, according to Stark. Hernandez has had three straight quality starts, the other two pitchers are “as is” type trade acquisitions.

Oh, and Dontrelle Wills placed on waivers. No, the Nationals can’t quickly claim him. Apparently he was put on waivers to keep other teams from asking for his services (can’t be traded until waivers expire). Anyone claims Wills, Marlins revoke waivers.

Will the losing ever end? Tonight Astacio (1-1, 5.06) faces off against Lowry (5-6, 4.16), again. You might recall that both pitchers last faced each other in their last starts. Lowry lasted 6 innings, giving up 8 hits and 2 unearned runs (and 1 walk) before being pulled (he also struck out 4). Astacio lasted 1 extra out (6.1 innings pitched), giving up 6 hits 3 runs (2 earned) 2 walks and also struck out 4 before being pulled. Neither pitcher picked up a win or loss from the game. The Nationals won 4-3, and Rivera picked up his first win. Recap of that game.

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