But I do think Soriano has a better chance now of winding up in Detroit than before. The reason is, the Tigers wanted to have nothing to do with Bowden’s request that its package be topped by right-hander Humberto Sanchez.
But Motown GM Dave Dombrowski’s resolve may have given way just a little on Monday, when Sanchez was scratched from a scheduled start in Toledo by a "tender arm."
Would the Nationals still want Sanchez? Sure. It was a "tender arm," without indication of any structural injury. This is 2006. Pitchers everywhere are always taking a step back at the slightest hint of discomfort — even ones without the future of Futures Game starters, which Sanchez was two weeks ago in Pittsburgh.
Bowden has targeted pitching as his top objective in any deal involving any of his veterans. If Sanchez is still attractive to him, he should again ask Dombrowski about him.