Alfonso Soriano has been traded to the Nationals for Brad Wilkerson, Terrmel Sledge and a player to be named, ESPNews reports.
We're not sure this really works for either team. If Soriano plays left field or center, he could be a downgrade from Wilkerson, especially when it's factored in that he'll make $10 million or so in arbitration. If he plays second base, then what happens with Jose Vidro? The Rangers plug Wilkerson into right field at the moment, with David Dellucci going back to DH. Kevin Mench could be traded for a pitcher or second baseman, opening up playing time for Sledge. Good value for the Rangers, but it doesn't really fill their needs. Let's see what they do next.
BAD BAD BAD! Damnit. Not only do the Rangers avoid having to pay $10 million for a pretty overrated and bad second baseman, but they get a pretty good OF who's just comming off a bad year, but could put up better then a .255/.374/.498/.872 line with better then 32 Home Runs (that was his 2004 line btw).
I really wished we could have gotten Wilkerson, but the Rangers not only god rid of their black hole at 2B, they got rid of a guy who hit .268/.309/.512/.821 line, and hit .224/.265/.374/.639 away from Texas. You want to know how bad that line is? Jason Kendall hit .271/.345/.321/.666 last year.
Not only that, they get Terrmel Sledge, a servicable 4th Outfielder, and a Player To Be Named Later (IE: the most traded guy in baseball... ever.)
I hate the Rangers new GM. Why can't we go back to the old days of the Rangers signing guys to $100 million dollar contracts then trading trading them (while paying their contract) for ovcerpriced useless second baseman!