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Rob Neyer: 50/50 Chance Cubs Release Soriano

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Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is a popular whipping boy these days, even as we are but a couple weeks into the 2010 season. Still, following a wildly disappointing 2009 season, Cubs fans were hoping for a swift Soriano rebound. Not only has Soriano not rebounded (yet), he has not even looked like a capable Major League player who is just getting unlucky.


Not something you want to see from a guy who’s signed for another 5 years (!) at $18 million per year (!). For his part, ESPN’s Rob Neyer says Soriano might not make it that long with the Cubs.

I see two [options for the Cubs with respect to Soriano]: Release Soriano, or trade him for some other team’s disastrous contract. But a trade’s not likely, simply because there aren’t many (any?) contracts out there that look quite as bad as Soriano’s (not with Barry Zito climbing back to respectability). I think there’s a 50/50 chance that Soriano will simply be released before his contract expires, and perhaps well before then. SweetSpot Blog – ESPN.

I think that’s a pretty fair assessment, though I’d put the odds that the Cubs release him within the next two years at about 1 million to 1. The Cubs wouldn’t take such a drastic step until they absolutely knew he was done, and they absolutely needed the roster spot. I can’t envision that happening for another couple of years.


So, for now, he’s ours, folks. Keep getting used to it.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.