Soriano’s Demands

A day after he filed for free agency, we’re finding out how far away he and the Nationals were on a contract, thanks to the Orioles. In preliminary discussions with the Orioles, Alfonso Soriano is seeking a deal similar to the 7 year, $119 million one that the Mets gave Carlos Beltran in 2005. That’s a far cry from the 5 years, $70 million the Nationals were offering. If that’s his price, I don’t blame the Nats for bowing out early. We’ll find out in a couple of weeks whether any other teams will be willing to meet that price.