Sori, wrong number
First of all, thanks for all the rumors coming in via the comments link. Keep ’em coming.
Addressing one of them, Alfonso Soriano probably isn’t going to the Mets, or anywhere. The Rangers are said to be asking too much, and they should ask a ton for this guy. Soriano is an All-Star talent. Texas still has hope in at least the Wild Card race if their freefall doesn’t continue much longer, and dealing Soriano would be a white flag. The Rangers are more likely to pick up Sidney Ponson for Richard Hidalgo, which at least makes more sense than dealing away Soriano. The Twins also are said to be pursuing Soriano, but his earning potential in aribtration for 2006 ($10M?) doesn’t seem to add up there. They could look at him as a rental and non-tender him, but the Rangers would need more in return than what the Twins could give up in that case.
Things can change in a heartbeat, but the Rangers trading away the player they received for A-Rod at this point just doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. If they do, it had better be for pitching. But it’s looking unlikely on all trade fronts at this point.