Soriano NOT Batting Lead Off?

According to an article on, Lou is thinking about moving Soriano out of the lead off spot.  Followed, of course, by the usual Pinella bush beating-around...

“You know, I’m not going to throw out the possibility of throwing Soriano in on that mix either,” he said. “We’ll see how it works out… We can play around with that a little this spring.”

The article can be read here.  Please note it is Paul Sullivan, so read with your usual grain of salt handy.

Personally, I'd like to see someone else batting lead off, but statistically Soriano hasn't been a BAD lead off hitter.  I think you'll find he has the best production from that spot, but given the offensive capabilities (theoretical, of course) and run-scoring potential of this team, he'd be better serving batting clean-up, or even in the 3-hole.  How would this affect the team?  Only time would tell, but it looks like Lou is at least OPEN to the possibilitiy of trying some other people in that spot throughout Spring Training.  Also note, Lou called Mike Fontenot "Little Fontenot."  More on this to come, I'm sure.

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