Ok guys just hear me out on this one. I think the Cubs should hang on to Alfonzo Soriano, at least for the time being. This is why. . . . .
First of all he is actually producing very well compared to other National League left fielders. Going into today he is tied for third in doubles, fourth in home runs, fifth in RBIs, and sixth in slugging percentage. And that’s compared to the likes of Ryan Braun, Matt Holliday, Carlos Gonzalez; all of whom were all-stars this year. Not to mention Jason Kubel is having a very good season. Soriano has put up power and RBI numbers that compete with all-star caliber players despite the Cubs being dead last in baseball in runs scored. And on top of that, amongst qualifying National league left fielders, he is the only one without an error on the season and is second in assists with 8.
I like a lot of you guys belly ache about his contract, but let’s be realistic here, pretty much no one has lived up to a 100 million plus contract. Miguel Cabrera is doing a nice job. C.C lived up so far. Jeter’s numbers didn’t dip after signing his 180 plus contract. But what about Kevin Brown, Mike Hampton, Jason Werth, Carl Crawford, Carlos Lee, and Joe Mauer. Even A-Rod’s contract is looking dismal. He is owed 143 million between the start of this season and when his contract ends in 2017, and he’s getting hurt more and more as he gets older. I realize that some of those guys are still in the early stages of their contracts, but so far the return on investment has been low. So my point is that no Soriano will never live up to the contract and be that 18 million dollar man that we all hoped he would be, but it could be worst.
According to a post on MLBTR-(http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/08/alfonso-soriano-clears-waivers.html) Soriano is owed roughly 45 million dollars through the 2014 season, and that ownership is willing to eat all but 3 million to ship him off somewhere else. Now I’m not one to tell a guy what to do with his money, but that scenario doesn’t make sense to me. He’s not blocking anyone in the minor leagues. Matt Szczur just got promoted to AA, and Soler and Almora are in the low minors. And like I said earlier, the man is producing. There is no point in eating 42 million to make the team weaker in left field. Its not like the Cubs would get much in return anyways.
I have one more thing for you guys to think about. Next year when the Astros move to the AL West and even the leagues it will create the need for more interleague play to make the schedule work. This is ideal for the Cubs. It will allow Soriano to DH more often and rest his legs. Hopefully this leads to a more well rested Soriano, and maybe even a more productive Soriano. This year as a DH he has a slash line of .360/.407/.880 with a 1.287 OPS, 4HR, and 8 RBI. Albeit it was in a small sample size of 27 PA, but it still is impressive. For his career Soriano is .357/.392/.743 with a 1.135 OPS as a DH.
Call me crazy, but I think it might be better to hold on to Soriano, at least for now.