Nats pleased with Soriano's 'personal sacrifice'
Alfonso Soriano ended the controversy about his unwillingness to play left field by actually playing the position.
JUPITER, Fla. -- Alfonso Soriano's image took a beating with his brief descent into pariah-ville, but the autograph seekers never seem to care.
Soriano made himself available for signatures during batting practice before the Washington Nationals' game Wednesday, and fathers and sons lined up six deep behind the third base dugout at Roger Dean Stadium. They waved balls and baseball cards in his face, and crowded him with action photos and mug shots from his days with Texas and the Yankees.
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Soriano vs. the Nationals
• Soriano has tough day in left
• Soriano agrees to play left field
• Nationals wait to see if Soriano will move
• Cossack: Soriano's slim case
• Soriano refuses to play outfield in exhibition
Some people are starting to compare Alfonso Soriano to Terrell Owens. Buster Olney, who covered Soriano for seven seasons, says that's simply untrue.
To read more of Buster Olney's blog, click here.
How would former general manager Steve Phillips handle the Alfonso Soriano situation if he was the Nationals' GM?
To read his expert analysis, click here .
Steve Phillips discusses the staredown and explains what will happen if Washington puts Soriano on the disqualified list.
• Phillips' take
Tim Kurkjian can't believe Soriano didn't take the field, and says that it will hurt him in the future. He also says it was a bad trade for the Nationals to make.
• Kurkjian's take
Buster Olney thinks the Nationals should have talked to Soriano before the trade but also hopes somebody's advising the player to compromise.
• Olney: Nats botched deal
Peter Gammons says Soriano is a bad fielding second baseman, and if the Nats want him in the outfield, he doesn't have much of a choice.
• Gammons' take
[Alfonso] Soriano's not going to retire, but his refusal to move to left field from his normal second base could get him a permanent spot on the bench. As a result, if you're drafting a team today, you must factor that in, meaning Soriano is likely to slip a bit.
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