Soriano refuses to play.
In the Nationals game Monday afternoon, Soriano was put into the lineup batting leadoff and playing Left Field. But when the game started, he just didn't go out. Frank Robinson had to go to home plate and make a lineup switch, inserting Brandon Watson into CF and moving Ryan Church into LF. The Nationals are now saying that Soriano will be given another chance on Wednesday, and if he once again refuses to play, he will be put on the DQ list and will not receive pay. Bowden had this to say:
"He made it pretty clear that he was not going to play," Bowden said. "We hope that when he reflects on it, we hope that he changes his mind and plays left field."
Gee Jim, don't you think maybe you would have taken that into consideration when you made the trade? Soriano has said all along that he will not play in the OF, so what does Bowden do? Trades for him and tries to put him into the OF. And this is not even going into the fact that Brad Wilkerson is actually a better, cheaper player. And the Rangers got Termel Sledge as well.
Bad GM + Overrated Player with Bad Attitude = Very Funny Situation.