It is not known if the Dodgers will attempt to sign him to a long term contract if the trade is consummated, or if he will be a single season, hired gun who will become a free agent at the end of the year.
Law reports the Dodgers are making right-handed prospect Joel Guzman, 21, available in a potential trade. Guzman was signed as a free agent on July 2, 2001. Guzman was selected by many as the top prospect in the Dodger system but apparently was angered when outfielder Matt Kemp was promoted to Los Angeles instead of him in May.
He was chastised for failing to run out ground balls by Las Vegas manager Jerry Royster and after a brief trial with the Dodgers in July, during which he hit poorly, was again angered when sent back to Las Vegas.
2006 statistics for the two players: Alfonso Soriano (30) 6-1 180 B/R T/R b- Jan 7, 1976 - San Pedro de Macoris, D.R. gm ab r h 2b 3b hr bi sb ave Washington 92 375 66 106 21 1 29 59 23-7 .283 Joel Guzman (21) 6-6 252 B/R T/R b-Nov. 24, 1984 - Qisqueya, D.R. gm ab r h 2b 3b hr bi sb ave Las Vegas 72 270 33 75 13 1 9 43 4-4 .278Nationals GM Jim Bowden will send one of his top lieutenants (thought to be Bob Boone) to Tacoma to see Guzman play for Triple-A Las Vegas this week.