Well, that was easy! So, it's settled:
"The only thing that I know is that I'm happy to be here in Washington...I have one week to practice second base because I have to go to the [WBC]. And that's what I have now in my mind. I no think about outfield." (Alfonso Soriano, via Washington Post, 2/24/2006)
"Who knows? No decision is going to be made as to whether he is going to play second base or left field today, tomorrow, the next day or when he comes back. Those decisions will be made before we leave Florida." (Frank Robinson, via Washington Times, 2/24/2006)
"What's going on here is not [Soriano's] problem...What's going on here is not my problem. It's the team's problem" (Jose Vidro, via Washington Post, 2/24/2006)
"Our goal is to win and find a solution that works...Do we have the solution this moment? No. But we're going to work towards the solution, and we'll get one." (Jim Bowden, via Washington Times, 2/24/2006)
Fear not; no matter how Boz looks at it, it's a win-win for the Nats:
Actually, the Nats know that one of four scenarios will eventually play out. None is terrible. Most are good. Soriano can agree to play left field so Vidro can play second. This is the Nats' fantasy. Believe it when you see it. Or Soriano can play second and Vidro, if he demonstrates over the next four to eight weeks that his knee is healthy, can be traded. This is a high-probability outcome. Or Vidro, if healthy, can play second and Soriano can be traded. This is less likely. Soriano, with 35-homer, 30-steal skills, is a better fit for the Nationals' desperate offensive needs than the more subtle Vidro.
The fourth possibility, the nightmare scenario, is that Vidro's right knee will blow out for the third straight year, in which case Soriano will play second and Bowden will look brilliant for anticipating the problem and preempting a disaster.