Nats official says free agent Soriano rejects $70M dealAssociate Press
2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
159 46 95 119 .351 .277
WASHINGTON -- Free agent Alfonso Soriano has rejected a five-year, $70 million contract offer from the Washington Nationals, and a team official said it's "almost impossible" that Soriano will stay with the Nats.
Nationals special assistant Jose Rijo told a newspaper in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, that the team is "more than interested" in re-signing Soriano. But he said the team's financial structure is preventing this.
Soriano had an All-Star year in his one season for the Nats. He became the first player in baseball history to hit at least 40 home runs, steal at least 40 bases and hit at least 40 doubles. He also recorded more than 20 assists in his first season as a left fielder after a career as a second baseman.