Rumor: Dodgers eye Alfonso

The Washington Nationals and Dodgers are involved in serious talks involving second baseman/outfielder Alfonso Soriano, reports and Scouts Inc.'s Keith Law. Soriano refused to move from second base to the outfield when the season opened but relented and has been used in left field most of the year.

Soriano, who has 29 home runs this season, started his career with the Yankees and hit 91 home runs and drove in 270 runs from 1999 through 1003. He was traded to Texas and has 64 home runs and 195 runs batted in over the last two seasons.

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   .278  
Nationals 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.

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