He will. Or maybe he won't. We'll see at 1:05.
"We're not taking this position in an effort to trade him...We're taking this position because it's right." (Tony Tavares, via Washington Post, 3/22/2006)
But wait: stop the presses! Soriano didn't know he was in the lineup because there were TWO lineup cards floating around! It was all a big misunderstanding! Let the spin begin!
"With me, I'm thinking I'm out of the lineup...Before they made the lineup, I told them if I'm not playing second base, I do not want to be in the lineup. Nick Johnson called me at that time and he told me that they had me in the lineup, but [nobody showed up]. Now I look like the bad guy." (Mr. There Is No I In Team, via Nationals dot com, 3/21/2006)
Although just about everybody has Soriano still on the fence about the move, we take the comical lineup card story as an indication that Soriano WILL cave in and play left. The story reads like the first move in a PR campaign - an opportunity to allow Soriano to save face. He'll probably just take the field today, and it'll all be over, and Monday's fiasco will be chalked up to a big misunderstanding, and Fonzi and Jim will pose for the cameras arm-in-arm with big ol' shit eating grins. It'll be a love fest. That's not to say the Nats won't continue to try to move him, but I think the Soriano-in-left saga ends this afternoon.
(AP photo by Haraz N. Ghanbar)