2009 Stats: .241 BA, 20 HR, 55 RBI
Career Stats: .278 BA, 291 HR, 763 RBI
Current Role: Starting left fielder
Following a 46 HR, 41 SB season with the Nationals in 2006, Soriano hit the jackpot, inking an eight-year, $136 million contract from the Chicago Cubs.
He was an All-Star in each of his first two seasons in Chicago, averaging .291 BA, 31 HR, 72 RBI, 19 SB. While far from his 2006 numbers and far from the numbers you would expect from someone who made $24 million over that stretch, he was at least still helping the Cubs win,
Last season, however, was a different story, as his average dipped and his power waned. Worse than his hitting, though, was his defense in left field, as he committed 11 errors and his little hop catch became less and less endearing.
Little has changed this season, a season in which Soriano will make $17 million, as he is chasing every breaking ball in the dirt he sees and has already made three errors in left field.
With four years to go on his monster contract, there is little chance of Soriano retiring, although that would be the best possible thing for the Cubs. I would expect the Cubs to eat a good portion of that salary and try to dump him before those four years are up, and he will go down as one of the worst signings in Cubs history.