Not surprisingly, the Nationals and Alfonso "There Is No I In Team" Soriano are heading to arbitration: Soriano asked for a $12 million, one year deal, while the team offered him $10 million. Soriano's $12 million was the highest number submitted among all the players who exchanged figures with their teams.
According to Bowden, the little problem of Soriano's move to the outfield will be dealt with as a separate issue:
"We're going to attempt to do the contract before we continue to address the separate issue...Obviously, it's a very sensitive issue with Alfonso. We respect him...We don't want it to be a soap opera through the media. We're very sensitive to his feelings and his desires." (Jim Bowden via Washington Post 1/17/2006)