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Soriano Must Produce Or He Will Sit, Chicago Cubs Sources Tell Rozner.

CHICAGO - AUGUST 28: Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs hits the outfield wall after missing a catch against the New York Mets on August 28, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Mets 5-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Patrick SchaeferCorrespondent IApril 13, 2010

Soriano has to start hitting and fielding better or he will start sitting on the bench more. A Cubs source told Barry Rozner of the Daily Herald that Soriano has been put on notice, produce or sit.

Soriano struggled at the plate and in left field last year and his struggles have overflowed into this year. Soriano is a liability defensively, and his only value is at the plate and he isn't producing there either. Soriano is hitting .200/.200/.360 through seven games so far this year after hitting .241/.303/.423 last year.

His defense has been horrible so far this year, and he was very bad in left-field last year. If his plate performance, and defense doesn't improve quickly, Tyler Colvin and Xavier Nady will likely start getting a lot more playing time. Soriano might turn into a very expensive platoon player or bench bat.

Xavier Nady is a proven hitter and a better fielder than Alfonso Soriano, but after his second Tommy-John surgery his throwing arm isn't at full strength yet. He will make all the routine plays in left-field though, something Soriano has struggled to do so far.

Tyler Colvin is a proven defender, has good speed and can play all three outfield positions. He had a spectacular spring training this year, but hasn't had much of a chance so far to show he can hit at the major league level.

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