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I've got nothing beyond that at the moment for the reported 8-year, $136M deal Alfonso Soriano just signed with the Cubs. If nothing else, Jim Hendry is working spending like hell to keep his job.
I need time to digest this, and once I have you can bet I'll have more to say, but in the meantime, I leave it to you all to have at it.
This should go great.
So first, someone like Carlos Beltran, who actually deserves this kind of money, doesn't get a competetive offer from the Cubs. Then Soriano, a vastly inferior player, does. I'll put down money that 4 years from now, the next time a truly fantastic player worth superstar money comes onto the market, whoever owns the Cubs will be using the Soriano contract as an excuse for not being able to afford him/cautionary tale for not going after big free agents.
Playoff pitching like Jeff Suppan and Jeff Weaver?
"His bat isn't worth all that much in a corner spot, and he'll be a disaster in center." --Wrigleyviller
First of all his bat is worthy of a corner outfield spot. 40 HRs not good enough for you? Unbelievable. Second, he can probably play center just fine. He certainly handled left field well enough and he's quick.
What the hell are you people talking about? This Beltran talk is ridiculous. You're saying because we messed up two years ago we shouldn't try to get the best bat on the market this year? What do you people want? I don't get it.
The Cubs finally get the guy everyone wants and you people are upset! The Cubs are spendin', so be happy. Yeah, Soraino's not perfect. He's not Pujols, A-Rod, Miguel Cabrera, Adam Dunn, etc.; however, he's a premium bat and helps this team immensely.
Not that I believe this question to be particularly relevant (how many times does this situation actually arise?), but I'll provide you with an abbreviated list:
Almost the entire lineup of the New York Mets
That's an abbreviated list, made up entirely of National Leaguers who don't already play for the Cubs.
Anyway, if you don't want to worry about four years from now (which you should, because the Cubs aren't going anywhere particularly soon), how about the fact that it is extremely unlikely that he will ever be as good again as he was last season? What happens if he reverts to the level at which he played in Texas? A $17 million sink-hole. An untradeable, $17 million sink-hole. That would be one thing if this were a three, four or even five year contract. With an eight year contract, that's a not going to go away.
I just don't like this deal at all. Even if he has established a new level of play (about which I'm dubious), this makes the Cubs, what? Four, five wins better? In other words, an 81, 82-win team (and that's assuming that Lee comes back healthy and at least a few of the pitchers remain healthy)? Despite what happened with the Cardinals this year, I doubt that's going to be enough to win this division next year. It's not particularly meaningful in the short run, and it's terrible in the long run. That's a bad deal.
When we see the final deal, then we can speculate about the length.
People are forgetting that yes he hit 40 in a pitchers park, but he also started his career in a neutural park (Yankees) batting infront of a monster lineup, and then moved to a super hitter's park (Texas) and sucked overall. there is a lot of question marks on Soriano.
And I feel bad for poor Hendry; Don't sign the guy and you're a big failure... pay what it takes to get him and the contract is too expensive.
Blah... let's go Cubs!
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