Soriano performed well in the first half of this season before a collapse forced the team to replace him in that role with
"I really enjoy it to play with this team," he told the Washington Post. "Great guys. Good front office. I was really happy to be here and in this moment with the team."
Cabrera was traded from Cleveland to Washington with just two months remaining on his contract and was moved from shortstop to second. He could receive strong consideration in a thin free agent class for shortstops headlined by Hanley Ramirez and Jed Lowrie. He also proved steady at second base, though he has little range at either middle infield position. And the Yankees will be seeking a new shortstop to replace retired Derek Jeter.
The presence of Ian Desmond would prevent Cabrera from moving back to short if he remains with the Nationals.
"Hurt enough not to play," Zimmerman said. "I think if it was good enough, I would have played. We would have maybe found a place to put me. This team was one of the best teams in the month of September. It’s hard to mess with something like that. We just didn’t get enough hits to win. That’s what got us."
"We're in our 14th different home in 14 years this year," LaRoche said about his family, per MASNsports.com. "The reason I say that is because I don't think it's as exciting for my wife as it is for me bouncing around to these different teams. ... It can be kind of a change of scenery and kind of a fresh start for guys, but I also know the grass isn't always greener. So, I know I'm in an unbelievable situation here."
LaRoche said he thanked president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo after the Game 4 loss in the NLDS for bringing him back in 2011.
"It may not work out," LaRoche said. "I don't think it will have anything to do with the money. I really don't. I think it's going to be more of a position issue. If there's a place for me, if first base is open and they can do it, I think they will. If it comes down and it just doesn't work, I think that's going to be the deciding factor more than the salary would be my guess."
Thornton (0-1) followed up a bunt groundout to start the seventh inning by giving up two singles and being pulled from the game. He tossed just five pitches to the three batters he faced. Thornton was put in line for a loss after a walk and a wild pitch brought the lead runner home to break a 2-2 tie. It was Thornton's first earned run in 2 1/3 innings over three postseason appearances.
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