Soriano's 8-year $136 million is set to expire after the 2014 season, therefore we still owe him $56 million over the next four and a half seasons.
That's a large chunk of change for a guy who currently bats .283, has a team-leading 13 dingers and 41 runs. But the problem is, .283 isn't even good enough for the top 50 in baseball.
As for his 13 home runs and 41 runs, that puts him roughly in the top 30 in baseball in homers and top 100 in runs.
Clearly $17 million a year for a now middle-of-the-road hitter isn't quite worth it.
Not to mention, his fielding and stealing skills never lived up to what it was supposed to be.
Furthermore, Alfonso is part of an outfield that is taking positions away from up-and-comers such as Tyler Colvin that could use more playing time.
Now granted, Soriano has been single-handedly winning ball games for the Cubs this year, but as Cubs manager, I'm thinking long-term.
I'd put Fonsy on the trading block and see if there's any bites. If a team comes in and offers up some great prospects and perhaps a good pitcher for Alfonso, I wouldn't think twice about pulling the trigger, then replacing him with Colvin.
However, if nobody bites, Alfonso is safe at left field and will continue to be the starter until he's either injured or in 2014 when he will not be re-signed after his contract expiration.