Why The Chicago Cubs Should Trade Geovany Soto

Nicholas FischContributor IAugust 24, 2010

CHICAGO - JUNE 27: Gordon Beckham #15 of the Chicago White Sox turns a double play as Geovany Soto #18 of the Chicago Cubs slides into 2nd base at U.S. Cellular Field on June 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the White Sox 8-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Cubs have had a dissapointing 2010 season, and with the recent "youth" movement surrounding the organization, the time is coming for trades to be done again. With a new manager coming in to the fold for 2011, it's logical to think that Geovany Soto would be part of this youth movement. However, Soto is turning 28 this offseason, which is ancient compared to 20 year old Starlin Castro and 24 year old Tyler Colvin. Soto won NL Rookie of the Year in 2008, but had a sophmore slump in 2009. 2010, he is one the bright spots on this team, with a .286 average and 15 HR's in 89 games this year, as of August 23. He has the highest OPS of all catchers with .920. So you may ask, why trade him? The answer is clear, Soto has had injury problems in his carrer, with 1 stint on the DL this year, and one in 2009. His bat has been hot most of this year, but when it's cold, it's cold. Soto's longest hitting streak this year is six games, but his longest streak without a hit is nine games. Though he has been known for a good eye at the plate, walks don't do anything for your team down in the 9th inning, where the Cubs have been many times this year. Soto is not clutch nor is he the player to build around. Though seen by many as the future catcher of the Cubs, trading Soto would give the Cubs prospects in return for a catcher who's overrrated.