Black Sox wrote:
While I dont agree with the move due to the loss of pick & draft $$, I understand it. It's been stated before that the owner of the team is of an advanced age and has stated his desire for a championship before he passes. I think the Nats are going for it and figure this just gives them a 2 way advantage. Either way they have just made their bullpen stronger or have given themselves the flexability to swing a deal if an injuries occurs in season.
What I don't understand is why more teams don't look to swing a sign and trade to get around this. I would have been calling a team like Clev and and offering something to make this happen. I would think this would be a win win for both teams coonsidering if Clev signs anyone they are only losing a 3rd Rd pick. For the Nats as bad as losing a 1st Rd pick is the worst part is losing the $$ associated with the pick which can be split up and given to other picks.
Except that the Nationals pick is at the back end of the first round and the associated money is less so they felt they could forego that pick in favor of strengthening their bullpen - can't really argue that.
In addition the way Soriano's contract is written he is only being paid $7 million this year and next and the other seven million for each year if deferred payments years down the road.