Lots of talk about Soriano's contract making him unmovable. I'm not so sure about that. After all, the Rangers were able to move ARod. Creative things can be done to manage the contractual issues.
The real problem is that this guy has totally lost his identity. Suppose you are the Yankees and considering Soriano as part of a an overhaul - not a totally far out scenario. Where does Soriano fit in your lineup? Is he a lead off man? No, not really. He still has some speed but he simply doesn't get on enough. And, as fun as leadoff homers are, they don't really fulfill the role of a leadoff man, which is to set the table, not clear it. Is he a power guy? No, not really - he doesn't hit for enough power.
What about defensively? An outfielder? Well, he's got a great arm, but he's terrible at playing the angles and that hop - well to me it's a crutch for a lack of confidence/ Do you move him to second again? Not really a fit there either. DH? Makes too much money for that.
And then you always have the playoff choking in the back of your mind.
So my point is that anybody who takes this guy on faces the same dilemma that we do. Overall, he's a pretty decent ballplayer. But how exactly do you use him?
It should be far easier to move Lee, but not merely for contractual reasons...