Re: Soriano stays with the Nationals
It all depends.
It depends on what Bowden was offered. If he was offered middling talent, then sometimes it makes sense to say "no", even if that means taking nothing. Why? Because the next time people are negotiating with Bowden at the trade deadline, they know he won't simply cave at the best offer to avoid getting nothing.
If nothing else, the Nationals will either resign him or get draft picks. That might be better than getting a Yarnell, Reith, and Drew Henson for him.
On the surface, it looks like a no brainer just to take what you can get for Soraino, but look at what Carlos Lee fetched.. not a whole lot. If the Nats couldn't get one "sure thing youngster" plus 2 other good prospects, I can see why Bowden decided not to deal. It looks like it quickly became a buyer's market.
And I doubt most fans are mad at Bowden for not dealing Soriano. Sure, the diehard message board types will be, but most fans aren't rooting for the team to trade their best player for the purpose of rebuiding. To say that not trading Soriano should cost Bowden his job is just plain silly. After all, Bowden was the one who took the risk to get Soriano in the first place, despite everyone saying he was stupid.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
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