"Man, that surprises me right now. I don't know what to think now. If they not trade me at the [non-waiver] trade deadline, why they want to put me on waivers now?" (Alfonso Soriano, via Washington Post, 8/17/2006)
"It's not like I can negotiate now and tomorrow we have a deal. It takes long. [The Nationals] are going to have the first opportunity when I become a free agent. I hope everything works for me and for the team. Like I've said before, I like it here, I like my teammates and I like the city." (Alfonso Soriano, via Washington Times, 8/17/2006)
Soriano waiver news much ado about nothing?
This much we know: it had nothing to do with a deal to bring Wilkerson back to DC.
Hey Alfonso: you know it, Stan knows it, and every other team in baseball knows it: when you say you "hope everything works out for me and the team", you mean, "I'm going to the highest bidder. If that happens to be the Nationals, then hey, great. I like it here."
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