Alfonso Soriano: Why MLB Teams Would Be Wise to Pass on Soriano
Alfonso Soriano is a shell of his former self. He wouldn’t be able to aid a contender at this point in his career and isn’t much more than a designated hitter. A team would be nuts to show interest in him.
Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman reported via Twitter on Monday afternoon that Soriano has cleared waivers and that the Chicago Cubs would be willing to pay a “major chunk” of his 50 million dollar contract. The outfielder just isn’t worth it anymore. For someone who would be a liability on defense at 35 years old, a .247 batting average isn’t too attractive.
The seven-time All-Star’s numbers have plummeted over the past couple of years. Since 2008 in his last year as an All-Star, Soriano has failed to bat at least .260. This season, his on-base percentage is .286 and his slugging percentage is .472.
Not only would Soriano not be able to produce, he’d still cost a ton of money. You really don’t know what the Cubs mean by “major chunk”. A “major chunk” may not even be half his contract.
Chicago’s dream scenario would be to find a suitor that would take Soriano and quick-tempered starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Speaking of Zambrano, Soriano confronted him after being ejected in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves telling the Chicago Sun-Times:
“I told him what he did was wrong. We are human. We are not machines. He had a bad day, but you're not supposed to hit some guy because they hit [home runs off] you. Now you put [your] hitters in a tough position because maybe sooner or later they want to hit one of us. That's what I said to him. And I'm surprised they haven't hit nobody yet.”
Zambrano won’t be dealt because he’s a nut and neither will Soriano because he’s just not effective anymore.
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