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It may be an official holiday – and a great one – but the rumor mill doesn’t shut down on MLK day…

  • The Cubs continue to dance with a handful of teams about Matt Garza, with the issues being all that you already know: the Cubs feel like they don’t *have* to trade Matt Garza right now (though they’d likely prefer it, rather than risk what could happen between now and the trade deadline (injury to Garza, ineffectiveness of Garza, other starters coming on the market, teams deciding their internal options are adequate after seeing them in action, etc.), and are willing to deal Garza only for a very strong return. From the Tigers, that means both Jacob Turner and Nick Castellanos, something Tigers’ GM Dave Dombrowski has made relatively clear isn’t going to happen.
  • On the subject of Garza trade rumors, I had a nice DM discussion with WBBM’s George Ofman on Twitter yesterday about the market for Garza, and the Cubs’ urgency to deal the righty. Ofman believes there’s no way the Cubs can get both Turner and Castellanos for Garza (I tend to agree, at least not unless the Cubs add a significant piece like a Matt Szczur (which, given the 40-man situation, they might well be willing to do)), and added that the Cubs might not even be able to get only one of the two in a deal. Given their druthers, Ofman thinks the Tigers would prefer to add a lefty to their rotation, but notes that the Tigers aren’t the only team the Cubs can continue to talk to about Garza. The Blue Jays linger at the periphery, and the Red Sox may have just gotten more desperate with the Yankees adding both Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda this weekend.
  • Ultimately, Ofman believes the Cubs’ desire to trade Garza is stronger than most folks presently think. While I’m usually the first to hide behind the “the Cubs don’t *have* to trade Garza” thing, I’m not sure Ofman is wrong on this one. As an aside – George Ofman: nice guy.
  • Speaking of the Red Sox and Matt Garza, Jon Morosi also thinks the Red Sox will feel added pressure to add a starting pitcher now, and mentions Garza as a possible target. He also notes that the could try and pick up Roy Oswalt on a cheap-ish, one-year deal. If I said that’s a risky move for the Red Sox, would I sound too much like I’m “selling”?
  • Also of relevance to Matt Garza discussions: Gio Gonzalez just signed a five-year, $42 million extension, with two option years that could increase the deal to $65 million (those must be very team-friendly options). Gonzalez, as a Super Two, had four years of arbitration remaining, so the deal buys out one free agent year. At projected salaries in the area of $5 million, $7.5 million, $10 million, and $12.5 million in arbitration, it looks like the Nats got a great deal. Of course, they take on the risk that Gonzalez blows out his arm (whereas, if they’d gone year to year, they could have non-tendered him), but it is certainly interesting from not only a Garza perspective, but also, for example, a Starlin Castro perspective.
  • As was the case with the Paul Maholm signing, the Cubs will have to open up a spot on the 40-man roster to officially add Kerry Wood. Unless there’s a trade in the works, I’ll reiterate that it seems likely one of the bullpen-type arms will get the boot – guys like Marcos Mateo, Alberto Cabrera, or John Gaub.
  • Optimism that Yu Darvish and the Rangers will reach an agreement by Wednesday’s deadline (thus excluding them from re-entering Matt Garza talks) continues to grow. Jim Bowden cites sources who tells him the deal will get done. Hamburgers.
  • Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler – who came in for frequent mention at CubsCon, but about whom all executives refused comment – could be getting residency (and, thereafter, free agency) any day now. Phil Rogers thinks the Cubs’ signing of Yaniel Balaguert, a former Cuban teammate of Soler’s, and Carlos Martinez, also out of Cuba, are designed to help welcome other Cubans to the organization. I suppose it’s a plausible added selling point, but I tend to think Cespedes and Soler will go to whomever pays them the most money. The Cubs, again, are expected to make offers to both players.
  • Jon Heyman says the Yankees are telling folks they have only $1 or $2 million left to allocate to the now-vacant DH spot. I’d reckon that, even if the Yankees were interested in Alfonso Soriano, the Cubs would want a little more salary relief than that. Indeed, FanGraphs recently concluded that, even as a bench/platoon player, Soriano is worth about $3 million per year. As a full-time DH, I remain of the mind that Soriano could put up at least league average offensive numbers. Soriano is owed $54 million over the next three years.
  • For his part, Soriano says he’d accept a trade, but would like to go to a contender.
  • At CubsCon, Dale Sveum was asked about Prince Fielder, and, after citing Anthony Rizzo and Bryan LaHair, Sveum said Fielder is “just not going to happen.”
  • njriv

    I don’t see how trading Soriano can’t be done. I read that there are a number of teams that are interested. The Cubs know they have to eat a huge portion of his salary, now just pick a team with the best offer (they are lucky to get anything with good value back) and just move on.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That’s the rub – what if the best offer is just $1 or $2 million of salary relief? Is Soriano worth just keeping at that point, and letting him be a platoon/bench player? In essence, that would be like the Cubs signing a good bench/platoon righty for dirt cheap (which is what those teams are trying to get from the Cubs). Might as well hold out just a little bit longer.

      • Kyle

        If it gets to be early February and that’s the best offer, I probably take it.

        He’s still probably a 1.5-2 WAR player, so you hate to give him away for nothing. But I want to see what Sappelt can do with an everyday shot at LF, and I don’t think Soriano’s worth a roster spot in a bench role. Lefty-mashing, poor-defensive corner players are a dime-a-dozen.

        I love translating value to wins and vice-versa, but it does have some distortion. Elite players, who get a large amount of value out of small amounts of playing time and a single roster spot, tend to be undervalued like that. Similarly, players between replacement level and league-averageness tend to be overvalued. They are in abundant supply and use up a lot of roster space and playing time relative to their value.

      • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

        i think if sorri has his usual showing over the coarse of the season… 20-25 hrs and is at least healthy at the trade deadline, i think he is the absolute prototype additional bat to get in a play off push for an AL team. and for a team like the yankees you gotta see getting more out of sorrianos bat than say a andrew jones. the 3 million sounds very cheap for sorri… but as fans we may need to see see just how far in over our heads we are with this contract. you gotta like his attitude given the circumstances, and well in the long run hes gonna get paid, and well regardless as to where he plays. be prepared fans for there is no way around it we are gonna eat dirt on this one, and unless you could be happy with him just being gone, any deal will probably make you sick to your stomach.

        • cubmig

          Shedding a player like Soriano hurts when one calculates how much money one must pay to shed him. I can see the front office people scouring Wrigley for all possible space to sell to ad agencies. OUCH!

          • ferrets_bueller

            I’ll never understand how people can misunderstand this so badly.  Shedding Soriano doesn’t cost money- it saves it. You are going to pay the 54 million you owe him, whether you trade  him or not.  Its a SUNK COST. Anything you get back- players, or a portion of his salary, is the value of the trade.  So if you trade him to a team that will pay 2 million a year, you just traded for whatever players you get, and two million a year.

            Any trade you make of him isn’t  54 million- salary the other team picked up + Soriano for blank,  its Soriano the player for ________ plus _____dollars.  The 54 million is gone, its lost, its been spent, se la vie.  Sunk cost.  Does not factor into the trade at all.

            You are not spending money to trade him.  You are not paying to trade him.  At all.

            • DocWimsey

              Another term for this is the Concorde Principle.  We’ve committed X dollars, so we’ve got to stick with it: otherwise, we’ve wasted those X dollars even if our net loss is lower if we quit now.

              Sori’s $$$ were spent, and although people insist on looking at it as $$$ spent on this season, they really were all spent for 2007-2009: those were the years for which the Cubs were built to win.  Think of this as defrayed payments on huge salaries for those years, and it’s easier to accept.

            • JR 1908

              Yeah a lot of people can’t grasp paying the majority of Soriano’s salary in a trade. I am ALL for it. I still would be shocked if they were able to get 3 mill a yr over next 3 for him, or anything like that, but whatever it takes. I think a border line minor leaguer who plays solid d would be better than him. Soriano is a nice guy, but the fans will never get past how much he makes and how bad he underachieved. You would think he can’t be happy being known as a joke in Chi-town too. Time to part ways. Regardless of his salary not being his fault…

            • npnovak

              Yeah, but you’re also trading away 20+ homeruns. The Cubs don’t have any decent internal options, and there aren’t any cheap replacements available in free agency. Since it’s a sunk cost, like you said, it’s best to just keep that production, IMO.

              • Tommy

                I think it’s more about freeing up a roster spot than it is just getting rid of Sori just to get rid of him.  He’s definitely not in the long term plans for the club as he’ll be out of baseball in a few years.  I think they’d rather have some of the younger guys getting the minutes in the majors and give up the HR’s they’d get from Soriano.  You’ll never find out what the younger players can or can’t do if you don’t give them time in the MLB.

      • rcleven

        Have to agree with you on Sorry. I have got to believe he will be relegated to bench/platoon. Too many players not enough positions.

      • http://www.casualcubsfan.com hansman1982

        That could be the Cubs thinking, if all they are getting now is $1-2M in relief, you might as well play him until the deadline or next offseason and hope that you can get that up to $5M. If he tanks worse than he already has, then you are out a grand total of $6M. Rock and a hard place.

      • Adventurecizin’ Justin

        Agreed! Use the numbers to play Soriano sporadically…play him to his strengths! An adequately-rested Soriano hitting against the more inferior pitching and lefties could net some valuable results. Personally, I only trade Soriano if we save at least $5M per.

        It’s not like Soriano is Zambrano in terms of volatility and drama. There shouldn’t be a rush to trade him now. He’s considered a sunk cost already…so, why not try something different? We all know that Soriano shouldn’t be playing everyday…but what could he do if he only started 1-4 times a week?

        No reason to sell so low. Used properly, we could eventually net more for him.

    • Oswego Chris

      as I wrote back in December…I highly, highly doubt the number is as high as 8…Mariners, Orioles, …maybe the Twins or A’s….no contenders though….it’s waive him and eat the whole thing or play him….

      I am now of the mindset just to keep him and play him against lefties and righties who do not throw above average sliders…he is not a problem as a teammate…and i think it’s time for Cub fans to forget his contract, quit booing him, and just accept him for at least one more year….don’t blame him for the ludicfous deal that Hendry and the regime at the time gave him…

      he plays hard… although, albeit not smart, but he is not Big Z….

       

      • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

        im gonna have to go with you on this one for sure. his value to the team potentially far exceeds what the market value calls for, even in the AL. it seems like if there was a suitor they would have came forward and made a deal that actually has a return for us. but thats not gonna happen. waiving him would be stupid, there is no question that he can contribute, and with a bit of creativity he could not be the big liability that were all starting to see him as. remember its the contract not the player that is the burden… great team player, plays hard, and has a really streaky bat. i say keep him and be creative with your roster rather than just waive him and get nothing at all.

        • cubmig

          agree with you and OC. If a team finds Sori fills a need for them, then keeping him could turn out to be a better win-win situation——-or at least better than what is now.

      • cubsnivy56

        I agree.  The contract is not his fault.  Quit booing, accept he is what he is and platoon him.  Well said.

        • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

          and for all the folks that were on the prince bandwagon… let this sorriano contract(not to mention the big Z deal) be a lesson on why thse things are not certainties and why ultimatly we dont need to be in on contracts that look like the ones that we are suffering from now.

    • Tommy

      I’m with the ‘Soriano has value’ group on this one, as well.  The guy still hit 26 dingers and had 88 RBI’s last year.  Most of his numbers dipped below his career average, so there’s always a chance he could bounce back a bit if put in the right situations and he has some help in the lineup around him.

      No sense in just giving him away when he can still be an asset.  I do think he’s going to have to learn that he is not going to be an everyday player, and that might be an issue.  Other than that, cubsnivy56 said it perfectly.  Don’t boo a guy for taking the best contract he could get.  The guy is positive, very fan friendly, and his effort is there (most of the time).

      • JR 1908

        He may have a bit of value if he had 1 yr. remaining on his contract, maybe 2. But with 3 yrs. left no one wants any part of that, even at a small portion of the owed salary.

  • Matt

    Brett,
    If the mkt is lackluster enough for him, why not actually look into extending him rather than just bluffing? We’re not in a position where we need to be forcedinto doing anything. I will say that the Szczur idea is interesting. For all we know, Jedstein might not be big fans, at all.

  • Spoda17

    I just can’t believe there isn’t a team out there that will take him for $3 mil… I think it is the three years that are more a problem than the money…

  • King Jeff

    I’ve read some places that Boston would have to move payroll to be able to afford Oswalt, and they didn’t want to have to do that to add such a high risk pitcher.

  • gary

    I think we should try and get Phil Hughes. He would be a good pitcher in the national league and the Yanks might be willing to trade him. What does everyone think?

    • CubFan Paul

      i think the Yankees trade someone for sure. they’re at least 7 deep with vets -CC kuroda pineda burnett garcia hughes nova

  • Tommy

    Hey Brett – any word on possibly moving Byrd?  I can’t imagine we’re going to have Jackson on the 40 man roster just to ride the bench.  What do you think?

    • http://www.casualcubsfan.com hansman1982

      Jackson will be starting in Iowa. If he does well then they will worry about bringing him up. the soonest I see Jackson in Chicago is mid-June.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Cubs are definitely open to moving him, but also are content to let Jackson play a couple months at AAA (and delay his service clock). They’d like to move Soriano, so they can work a rotation of Byrd, Sappelt, and Campana between center and left to start the year. But, if a great offer came in on Byrd, I’m sure they’d take it (could use the 40 man spot) – but he’s not going to net more than some salary relief and a B-/C+ prospect.

      • http://cubbiekingdom.wordpress.com hansman1982

        would be nice right now if Hendry had waited 20 days to call up Castro.  Would have another year to worry about contract extensions.

  • bluekoolaidaholic

    Oswalt is declining and Garza is getting better.
    I think we should wait some more.
    It is like plate discipline, the count is 3 – 1 so we just have to wait for a nice fat fast ball, or you never know, maybe a hanging curve ball or slider.

  • bluekoolaidaholic

    I expect a video any minute from Cuba showing Cespedes leaping over tall bank buildings (filled with his money) in a single bound.

  • OHBearCub

    Why do we even spend time lamenting over Soriano. The Cubs won’t get a deal that gives them any significant payroll relief. Better to keep him put him in the lineup on days he matches up well and let him drive in some runs. Use to some analytical numbers and figure out how long his hot streaks last let him play. When he goes cold yank him back out. I would bet that he could improve his batting average greatly if someone took that boat oar out of his hands. He has to use one of the biggest bats in baseball. once he gets that thing started he can’t stop from chasing a bad pitch. Anyway… it’s time stop worrying about whether he is going to get traded or not. Waste of everyone’s time. He is a decent enough guy. He will follow the rules if some lays them out for him and enforces them. I don’t see him being that big of a problem. He is Dominican… he is going to have a little flair to his game. They are joyous people who like a little flair. One vacation down their and you learn that.

  • Leroy Kleimola

    Are we a serious contender for anymore of the free agents out there? Cespedes, Soler etc.? I just don’t see us being a big draw for anyone. Do we have, or are we willing to put out the money for these guys?

    • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

      i believe that other clubs can afford to gamble alot more $ than we can on these guys, and there agents are gonna be trying to get huge deals. they are unproven and high risk, and unquestionably will be high priced. well bid but i assume we get left in the dust when a deal is reached. soler will be the player to shoot for but even he will bring an unreasonable price tag more than likely.

  • OHBearCub

    Maybe the Cubs should sign Oswalt just to put a monkey wrench into everyone else’s thinking. The we trade him at the deadline and pick up a few prospects.

    He is going to come off the market cheap enough the Cubs could afford it. It’s outside of the box thinking for the Cubs organization of old. Get a player just to dump him for some prospects 5 months from now.

    • DocWimsey

      At this point, Oswalt is going to want to sign with a contender.  Signing with the Cubs with the promise of being traded to a contender will not cut it.  (Remember, he has considered retiring: and the Cubs would be all of the aggravation and none of the fun of baseball!)

      • ogyu

        “Cubs 2012: All of the aggravation and none of the fun of baseball!”

        Somebody call the slogan-writer in the PR office…

    • Tommy

      I doubt the front office would be willing to waste a roster spot on Oswalt.  They seem to be having trouble keeping enough roster spots as it is at this point.

  • Cubsin

    I’d be shocked if either Cespedes or Soler took anything other than the highest dollar offer available. Tom, Theo and Jed haven’t told me yet what they plan to bid for either of them.

    • DocWimsey

      Well, basically, they’d both be idiots to do otherwise!

  • BD

    I think the general feeling about Soriano is that he is the last “bad link” to our previous front office. Dempster is overpaid, but is a good leader and still a solid pitcher. Byrd isn’t grossly overpaid, we just have youngsters that we would prefer to see. So Soriano is the last miserable deal that needs to be erased.

    • jandersonjr81 father of Caden

      Soriano is the club house leader, a solid teammates and still a good player. Don’t blame the player for taking the money, cause you would have too. I say keep him for the long haul.

      • RoughRiider

        I agree, don’t blame the player for taking the money. However, his only real position is DH. As far as a club house leader. I hope it’s in the club house and not at the bat. Every pitcher on the face of the earth knows he’s a sucker for the outside and in the dirt pitch when he’s behind in the count.

      • Tommy

        I agree with you jandersonjr81, except the part about keeping him for the long haul.  I think if we can get rid of him and clear a roster spot to bring in a younger player, we’d be better off.

  • die hard

    If Soriano traded to Japanese team would exchange rate on dollars/yen be a factor to make beneficial to both teams if Sori agreed to restructure of contract?…Theo, do your homework!!!

    • Pat

      You can’t trade a MLB player to Japan.

    • Tommy

      Serious question – is that something that is a real possibility?  Has there ever been an American player traded to the Japanese league before?

  • McGoate’s Toads

    Anybody think the idea of putting Soriano at 1B against left handed pitching would be crazy? It might take a little pressure of LaHair, occasionally open up LF, and uses Soriano in his best situation (righty vs. left)…

    • Kyle

      You don’t really gain anything, because that’s LaHair’s half of the platoon split, too. LaHair is a lefty-crushing specialist, too.

      • hogie

        LaHair is a lefty that struggles against lefties, but I still don’t agree with Soriano at first. Hand-eye coordination is the biggest skill needed at first, and Soriano does not have it.

        • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

          keep sori out of the infield! come on man hes a defensive burden in the outfield… give your pitching staff every chance to win… at least give em good gloves. dont be overwelmed as to where you put sori. i think if hes hitting you leave em alone in left. but thats where it ends.

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    i believe he platoons in left, with the juggeling we will do in our out field, 1st base? thats alot more creative than i think managment will be to squeeze $ out of sorriano.

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    there will be games where sorri will be a great match up with his bat, and we’ll use him in left. hes also a streaky player and at time it will make sense to take on his defensive liability to keep his bat in the line up. the point is we use the guy when it makes the most sense. something i think management will be able to do, if there isnt a deal that outways that situation in its return.

  • DocWimsey

    What makes you think that Soriano is any worse a leader than Dempster is?  Historically, fan perceptions of who clubhouse leaders are (and how important they are) tends to be highly inaccurate.  (See LoDuca, Paul….)

    At any rate, from everything I’ve heard, Soriano spends a lot of time the weight rooms, the batting cages and watching the videos: and if there is any “leadership,” then that is where you’ll find it.

    • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

      i think there is an excellent possibility soriano leads this club in hrs and rbi this year. wow, thats the truth isnt it?

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    that deserves a repeat. soriano most likely leads the 2012 cubs in hrs and rbi.

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    i dont know weather to laugh or cry.

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    wow… and if we trade garza, dempster probably leads the team in so era and wins.

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    man o man!!

  • McGoate’s Toads

    To be clear, I would like Soriano traded, just like everyone else. Since it has not happened yet, just throwing out ideas to try to maximize the bad situation we are in. I also like the idea of giving LaHair a chance. However, if it has already been decided that Rizzo is to be our 1B of the future (Sorry LaHair), and we have a logjam in the outfield, I would rather take AB’s away from LaHair (putting Soriano at 1B against lefties), and open up more opportunities/AB’s for the 4 outfielders (DeJesus, Campana, Johnson, Sappelt,) with only 2 spots.

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    sori at about 4-5 M a year over the next three… i dont know. if im another team looking at that possibility im just not sure.

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    id give him 5M for one year… no way im strapping on 3 years at 5m annually

  • Ivy Walls

    Many thoughts working backwards; The Yankees and Soriano are a three year moving money target. Cubs could agree to $2M this year, $ increase in the following years to meet their budget requirements. Doing so they might get more relief in the succeeding years or a better prospect. Something to watch.

    Cubans. I do not think Cespedes is really on the Cubs radar. They might show up but will not be serious. He is Right handed, 26 years old and those two things appear to be negatives. As for Solor he is 19 and even though RH he would add to the depth and talent of the organization.

    Garza and Detroit: Okay not Castellanos, (I think he is the hang up) so after one of their lefties and their SS and left handed OF from Valenzuela.

    • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

      given the yankees and there need of a DH i think they are a great orginazation to sit down with and bite the bullet with. a contender with a need for a DH. just bring your barf bag because getting rid of this guy, is gonna be a nasty money eating deal.
      thogh the yanks make the ideal suitor, i keep him and his production, after all he will probably still lead the cubs in hrs and rbi this year. sad but true.

      • Ivy Walls

        Let us get something straight: Soriano is sunk cost and every moment he spends taking time away from the Cubs playing someone else is compounded sunk cost.

        If the Cubs can find a rational deal of returning $2M this year it can be applied to signing a Cuban or paying for the new computer system or even a few more scouts.

        As for HR and RBI’s look at his defensive WAR and baserunning WAR’s he is not worth it.

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    you really do better than eat shit, by keeping sori. and there isnt a deal out there that doesnt involve us eating shit.

  • OlderStyle

    Brett,
    Sveum says Fielder ain’t gonna happen. We’ve traded for Rizzo and FO sings his high praises as though he’s THE future.
    But, Olney keeps talking up Cubs/Prince rumors and I read Theo, when asked, did not flat out deny they would sign Prince. What gives, if anything?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’d say the most likely explanation is this: the Cubs would still consider Fielder … on, like, a three-year deal. Olney alluded to a short contract length when he mentioned the Cubs post-Rizzo trade, and that’s pretty much the only kind of deal that would make any sense.

      But, because there’s just no way Fielder takes a three-year deal at this point, it “just isn’t going to happen.”

      • JR 1908

        It just makes no sense to even throw out there the Cubs are in on Fielder. You would think a guy of Busters credentials would realize it’s not a fit in anyway. Cubs are looking to spend next offseason, the writing is on the wall..

        • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

          agreed. we spend when we’re looking to contend, and pitching is the place to spend first. you can win with a steller rotation. alot of good pitching in next years free agent class.

        • JulioZuleta

          You never know who Buster’s sources are. Boras could give Olney some news in exchange for making a little bigger market for his clients. Maybe Boras says ” Hey Buster, write something up saying the Cubs ahve some interest” and then, in turn, leaks the Fielder/ Texas meeting to Buster so he gets to report it (just an example, Buster wasn’t the first to report that).

          • Tommy

            Someone else here said this before, but I think it sums it up pretty well: Buster Olney is on Scott Boras’ payroll!

            Nuff said!

             

    • Tommy

      From what I’ve seen, Theo never makes comments that are absolute, which is why I think he doesn’t come out and say he flat out won’t be signing Fielder.  As long as Fielder is a free agent, anything could happen, and the Cubs might (no matter how slight the chance) end up signing him.  At this point, I think Rizzo and LaHair would both have to be seriously hurt for that to happen.

       

  • Hawkeyegrad

    I agree that the Cubs want to move Garza. While I’m still learning Theo speak, it seems like he talks up players he is looking to move. Marshall was the best left-handed set-up man in baseball. Garza is a rare front of the rotation guy. Soriano is a valuable offensive weapon, etc.

    • JR 1908

      Absolutely Theo talks up players he is going to move. He always acts like he doesn’t really want to trade them unless he gets blown away. He acted like Big Z “could earn his way back on the team.” Please… He knew Z was gone the day he took over as President. Smart move IMO. But you think everyone he is trading with has to have caught on by now. It’s not like the other GM’s are complete dip shits.

  • Drew

    Those who want to see Sori at 1st (and there are a suprisingly high number of you) obviously dont remember his days as an infielder. I can promise you that his defense will be unbearably bad. Ideally, hes a great platoon candidate there, but hes gotta take the field for half of the game too.

    • DocWimsey

      Sori’s fielding issues at 2B were not things that would affect him playing first.  He actually showed good range (although that was exaggerated by the Statue at SS), and he was good at catching liners.  Where he screwed up was on being overaggressive: in particular, he’d rush throws at the end of his range and give some lucky Yanks fan a souvenir and a lucky batter 2nd base on what should have been an infield single.

      That being said, Sori was not the gold glove candidate that the NY media made him out to be: but that media could spin most DH’s as gold glovers.

      • Tommy

        Soriano’s FP was .971 at 2nd base, which if you compare him to today’s 2nd basemen, he’d fall in 17th place between Dan Ugla (.980) and Rickie Weeks (.969).  That was also 9 years ago.  I’m not so sure I’d want to see him back in the infield after that many years away from it.  At any rate, I think it’s a moot point, as I don’t see that even being a consideration.  But then, I’m not Dale Sveum.

      • Bren

        haha. He was good at catching liners? I can’t tell if thats ironic or not

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