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    Soriano to the Cubs

    8 years 136 million



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

    Alfonso Soriano
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    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 finished third in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting 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: Soriano to the Cubs

    I don't like the idea of facing him 20 games a year, half in Wrigley & half in GABP for the next 8 years..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tornon View Post
    I don't like the idea of facing him 20 games a year, half in Wrigley & half in GABP for the next 8 years..
    At least he'll be on the wrong side of 35 for half of them. And Bronson knows how to handle him, maybe he can teach the rest of the staff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blumj View Post
    At least he'll be on the wrong side of 35 for half of them.
    That's about it. For the first half of the deal, we'll probably hate it that the Cubs have him. The second half of the deal, we'll be tickled that they still have to pay him.
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    Re: Soriano to the Cubs

    sounds like an awful amount of chedder for a guy pushing 40 at the back end of the deal.
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    Re: Soriano to the Cubs

    wow. Cubs are serious this year. their 3-4-5 is Lee, Ramirez, and Soriano.

    thats pretty solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patpacillosjock View Post
    wow. Cubs are serious this year. their 3-4-5 is Lee, Ramirez, and Soriano.

    thats pretty solid.
    that is pretty solid,correct.
    however so is: damon,jeter,a-rod,sheffield,matsui,giambi,posada,williams,cano.
    didnt exactly win them bunches of championships.
    go reds !

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmac View Post
    that is pretty solid,correct.
    however so is: damon,jeter,a-rod,sheffield,matsui,giambi,posada,williams,cano.
    didnt exactly win them bunches of championships.
    How can that be? Joe Morgan said it was "the greatest line-up in history."

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    Re: Soriano to the Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by jmac View Post
    that is pretty solid,correct.
    however so is: damon,jeter,a-rod,sheffield,matsui,giambi,posada,williams,cano.
    didnt exactly win them bunches of championships.
    go reds !

    you're right. and yes pitching and defense HELP win ball games but I give respect and admiration for the cubs front office uncharacteristically spendin some dough to improve their lineup.

    Im not being a troll or negative but a healthy Derek Lee (circa 2005), re-signing Aramis Ramirez (after a monster year and could have made alot more money elsewhere), and now Soriano , batting in the middle of that lineup is probably the best in the NL outside of the NY mets.

    You have contact, hit for average, and power from Lee
    Power and Ribbies from Ramirez
    Power, decent average (anywhere from .280-300), and SPEEED (!) from Soriano.

    and if the Cubs are dumb enough, they'll let him play 2nd like he wants which leads them to have the best hitting infield in the NL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patpacillosjock View Post
    you're right. and yes pitching and defense HELP win ball games but I give respect and admiration for the cubs front office uncharacteristically spendin some dough to improve their lineup.
    dont get me wrong...you are correct on your observations.all i was saying is sometimes we as fans give the division title to a team in nov-feb.
    like when yanks signed giambi, you think"well give them the title now" or when i heard they had aquired a-rod i thought "they will be champions now".
    the rocket couldnt put stros over the hump as jr couldnt put us over several years ago.
    soriano will help but there are many in holes to fill for cubs.after zambrano,you say "if wood" and "if prior' and of course maddux is gone.
    soriano will help offense but the cubs have lost many a game 11-10.
    not sayin you thought this.....just mainly my observations.

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    Re: Soriano to the Cubs

    It looks like the Cubs are declaring themselves the Yankees of the NL Central.

    I just hope the Reds are the Blue Jays and not the D-Rays.

    BTW, it looks like the plan is for the Fonz to play CF and lead off.

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    Re: Soriano to the Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Patpacillosjock View Post
    wow. Cubs are serious this year. their 3-4-5 is Lee, Ramirez, and Soriano.

    thats pretty solid.
    I keep repeating over and over...it's pitching and defense. It's pitching and defense.

    They get Soriano and we get Gonzo?

    Wow. Money talks.
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    Re: Soriano to the Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Patpacillosjock View Post
    wow. Cubs are serious this year. their 3-4-5 is Lee, Ramirez, and Soriano.

    thats pretty solid.
    Also very right handed...I doubt they play it that way.
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    Re: Soriano to the Cubs

    I'm not worried - Soriano isn't "clutch."

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    Re: Soriano to the Cubs

    Why did he have to come to our division


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