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    Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    The Cubs have signed Alfonso Soriano to an 8 year deal for $136 million.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2668465

    Updated: Nov. 19, 2006, 3:15 PM ET
    Report: Cubs agree to $136M deal with SorianoSportsTicker


    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs' ownership is showing new manager Lou Piniella that they are serious about winning.

    Chicago radio station ESPN 1000 reported Sunday that the Cubs have agreed to an eight-year contract worth approximately $136 million with outfielder Alfonso Soriano.

    The move would clearly mark the highlight in an already busy offseason for the Cubs, who have signed free-agent infielder Mark DeRosa and have re-signed third baseman Aramis Ramirez and righthander Kerry Wood.

    But the biggest prize is Soriano, who is coming off an outstanding all-around season for the Washington Nationals in which he hit .277 with 46 home runs and 95 RBI. The 30-year-old ranked third in the National League in homers and also stole 41 bases -- the sixth-highest total in the circuit.

    After complaining in spring training about having to move from second base to left field, Soriano blossomed in his new surroundings. He led the league with 22 outfield assists, six more than his closest competitor, and displayed respectable range for a converted infielder.

    Soriano became the first player in baseball history with 40 home runs, 40 stolen bases and 20 outfield assists in a single season. He also became the first member of the 40-40-40 club, which encapsulates homers, stolen bases and doubles.

    An All-Star in each of the last five years, Soriano owns a .280 average with 208 home runs and 560 RBI in eight seasons with the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and the Nationals.

    Soriano won the AL Rookie of the Year award with the Yankees in 2001, when he hit .268 with 18 homers and 73 RBI. He finished third in MVP voting the following season, when he increased his average to .300 and collected 39 homers and 102 RBI.



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    Re: Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    That's ridiculous.
    Get your nunchucks and the keys to your dad's car. I know where we can get a gun

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    Re: Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    I love Soriano. But that is insane. And very Cubs-like.

    Eight years?!?

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    Re: Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    Stunning.....absoutly stunning.

    All the props to his agent for convincing the Cubs to do this deal. But wow. Don't think the Cubs owners have too much room to complain about being poor now.
    Last edited by Ltlabner; 11-19-2006 at 03:26 PM.
    a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.

    I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate

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    Re: Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    I can only imagine what will happen to Soriano's game now that he's financially set for life.
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    Re: Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    This just adds to the reasons why NOT to trade Adam Dunn.

    That's alot of money for alot of years.

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    Re: Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    Yikes! This has more potential to turn into a remarkably bad deal than anything else. No matter how good Soriano performs - can he perform up to the Cubs' fans expectations? Doubtful.

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    Re: Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    I can't think of a single reason why this should be considered a good deal for the Cubs.
    What if this wasn't a rhetorical question?

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    Re: Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    Is he going to play CF or LF?

    We should now go try to get Matt Murton from them.

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    Re: Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    Now thats a deal that will look real bad in 5 years.

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    Re: Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    Exhibit A as to why small, incremental moves are sometimes better than one blockbuster move.
    a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.

    I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate

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    Re: Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44 View Post
    This just adds to the reasons why NOT to trade Adam Dunn.

    That's alot of money for alot of years.

    Very well said.

    Dunn for 10M this year and 13M next year is a bargain.

    I take it Soriano will be manning LF for the Baby Bears, or will we get to enjoy his efforts at 2B?

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    Re: Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlifeman21 View Post
    Very well said.

    Dunn for 10M this year and 13M next year is a bargain.

    I take it Soriano will be manning LF for the Baby Bears, or will we get to enjoy his efforts at 2B?
    DeRosa has been promised he will be the everyday 2nd baseman.

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    Re: Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    How will this move by the Cubs effect their chances of winning games, RS vs. RA etc. and how will it effect the Reds chances, if any? I hope that the Cubs don't improve their pitching.

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    Re: Cubs sign Soriano to 8 year $136M deal

    This is what 136 Million gets you in todays new market.

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