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Updated: Dec. 9, 2005, 12:13 PM ET

Soriano: 'I'm not going to change from second base'ESPN.com news services

If the Nationals acquired Alfonso Soriano to move him to the outfield, as has been speculated, they might be in for a rude awakening.

Alfonso Soriano

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS

GM HR RBI R OBP AVG

156 36 104 102 .309 .268

In an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Soriano reiterated a position he maintained while with the Rangers: He's not moving from second base.

"I have the same position [on moving] as I always had when I was with Texas," Soriano told the newspaper. "I said that I'm not going to change from second base."

Although he said he hasn't spoken with anyone from the Nationals, Soriano told the Star-Telegram that he believes the club traded for him to play second base.

"I think that if they traded for me, it's to play second base," he told the newspaper.

However, Washington already has a past All-Star at second base in Jose Vidro, though he was hampered by leg problems last season that limited him to 87 games.

Soriano has been reluctant in the past to switch positions. When he was acquired by Texas in the February 2004 trade that sent AL MVP Alex Rodriguez to the New York Yankees, Soriano remained at second base and Michael Young moved to shortstop, where he became an All-Star.

Soriano was traded by the Rangers to the Nationals on Wednesday night for Brad Wilkerson, Terrmel Sledge and a minor league pitcher.

Since the Nationals traded two outfielders in the deal, it would make sense that the club would want Soriano to play in the outfield. But Soriano wants none of that talk.

"Obviously, I have the control. Of course I'm not going to play the outfield," he told the Star-Telegram.

With a rare combination of power and speed, Soriano has been one of the most productive infielders in the majors the past four years. He hit .268 with 36 homers, 104 RBI and 30 stolen bases last season, when he earned $7.5 million.

Eligible for arbitration, he almost certainly will get a substantial raise next year, and he can become a free agent after the 2006 season. He is a .283 career hitter with 162 home runs.

Soriano gives the Nationals the dynamic offensive player they desperately want. Washington finished last in the majors in batting average (.252), slugging percentage (3.86), runs (3.94 per game) and homers (117), along with an NL-low 45 stolen bases.

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He is smart to stay at 2b. Even in this stat inflated ERA he could put up some all time great #'s for the position. He has an outside shout at 400 career home runs. Not to shabby for a 2b.

Including a nice slugging percentage, good rbi totals, stolen bases as well. I would want to stay at 2b if I were him.

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He is smart to stay at 2b. Even in this stat inflated ERA he could put up some all time great #'s for the position. He has an outside shout at 400 career home runs. Not to shabby for a 2b.

Including a nice slugging percentage, good rbi totals, stolen bases as well. I would want to stay at 2b if I were him.

exactly. he can either be an avg OF or an all-star 2b. it will be interesting to see soriano at RFK - if he can forget about hitting home runs and learn to drive gaps he will be awesome there, raise his avg, rbi's, ob% - or he will swing for the fences and stink. RFK had to be one of the toughest parks to hit HR's in, the ball just dies in the gaps and the field is huge.

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exactly. he can either be an avg OF or an all-star 2b. it will be interesting to see soriano at RFK - if he can forget about hitting home runs and learn to drive gaps he will be awesome there, raise his avg, rbi's, ob% - or he will swing for the fences and stink. RFK had to be one of the toughest parks to hit HR's in, the ball just dies in the gaps and the field is huge.

Hell yeah, Soriano is dead on. Screw doing what it takes to help your team win. Just do what it takes to improve your career in the eyes of historians and stat geeks :roll:

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Hell yeah, Soriano is dead on. Screw doing what it takes to help your team win. Just do what it takes to improve your career in the eyes of historians and stat geeks :roll:

i don't think it's all historians. soriano put in his time in the majors and i think he is arbitration eligible next year. that position change would cost him millions.

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Hell yeah, Soriano is dead on. Screw doing what it takes to help your team win. Just do what it takes to improve your career in the eyes of historians and stat geeks :roll:

I am all for helping the team. If I told you some of the stuff I did to get this site noticed you would never shake my hand.

That being said....he will be with the Nats for one year most likely. By switching positions they will be costing him money and changing his future.

I would resist if I were him.

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I am all for helping the team. If I told you some of the stuff I did to get this site noticed you would never shake my hand.

That being said....he will be with the Nats for one year most likely. By switching positions they will be costing him money and changing his future.

I would resist if I were him.

It won't matter what position he plays. He's going to lose money playing in DC.

He's leaving one of the best hitters' parks in the majors to what is arguably the best pitchers' park in the majors. His home/road splits last year were outrageous (not sure, but I think his OPS was under .500 on the road). And he sure doesn't make up anything on defense.

His numbers are going to go way down and so is his big payday on the free agent markup.

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He's leaving one of the best hitters' parks in the majors to what is arguably the best pitchers' park in the majors. His home/road splits last year were outrageous (not sure, but I think his OPS was under .500 on the road). And he sure doesn't make up anything on defense.

His numbers are going to go way down and so is his big payday on the free agent markup.

he has the ability to be a great hitter in RFK he just has to not worry about hitting hr's and focus on driving the ball to the gap and hitting line drives.

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for an outfielder, his stats would be above average, but nothing id piss my pants over

Hey even if Lou Gehrig were still alive, you shouldn't piss your pants.

Seriously as a general rule of thumb that is not cool. Smizzy worked hard to overcome a similar disorder. PM him if you have specific questions.

:mrgreen:

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he has the ability to be a great hitter in RFK he just has to not worry about hitting hr's and focus on driving the ball to the gap and hitting line drives.

His power stats are going to take a beating. I would bet he does not get to 30 Hrs, or 100 RBIs. He should maintain his career avg., and he should get his 30+ SBs.

But if he moved to the OF, he will not get the 10 million+/per year contract that he would as a 2B. and it is all about money.

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