I’ve never been a fan of Alfonso Soriano. At the beginning of his major league career he was unquestionably the worst defensive second baseman in the game, and in virtually any clutch situation, he could be counted on for a strikeout. His overall horrendous play in the field and at bat was one of the keys for the Angels defeating the yankees in the 2002 American League Division Series, on their way to their first World Championship. Later on, moving Soriano to the outfield and eventually to DH alleviated many of those defensive problems.
The yankees reacquired him during the 2013 season, and they joyfully wrote him checks on only a small portion of what was owed him on his outrageous $138 million contract,
|the bulk of which was still being paid by the Cubs. This year, in the last year of that contract he has been a total washout, and New York has now given him the DFA, and are looking to get something for him before having to give him his release and eating the rest of the final year of that contract. For the season, Soriano has hit .221 with six home runs, while striking out 71 times in only 226 at bats.|
Why am I writing this? Because if you
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So, as little as I think of Soriano, I think more than one team will be after him, and that he will be picked up by a team in or hoping to be in a pennant race and the post-season,
And what is going on in Arizona? Kevin Towers, on his last legs as a major league GM, pulled off a good deal for this team a couple of days ago, acquiring a potential big time power hitter in Zack Borenstein in the deal with the Angels for Joe Thatcher, but today, he was taken to the cleaners by the yankees, giving away McCarthy for an empty cereal box.