The flood gates have really opened on those Cubs wanting to dump Alfonso Soriano stories. I mentioned about a month ago that a good source told me the Cubs were willing to eat whatever it took to move him.
Dave Kaplan says even if the Cubs don't trade Alfonso Soriano, his return to the club next season is unlikely.
There really is no other choice for Tom Ricketts anymore. I'm sure he realizes that to truly turn the page, they have to do it with the worst mistake made when the Tribune tried to imitate the Yankees in the 2006 off season.
I've been told by mulitple sources that John McDonnough was the one who signed off on the extra two years to make sure Soriano didn't end up in Anaheim or Philly. Either way, it's time to find a trade partner or just eat the money and designate him for assignment.
It just figures that when the Cubs finally decided to go after the top free agent, it would be for a guy who wasn't a good baseball player. Yes, Soriano was exciting that 2006 season in Washington when he put up 40/40, but how could the Cubs think he would be their lead-off man and center fielder for years to come?
A guy who had non existing patience leading off? A DH if anything playing one of the most important positions on the field?
Soriano did carry the Cubs at times during the '07/'08 seasons, and when he went on those torrid streaks they were something to behold. The night in Atlanta when he hit 3 hrs in '07 still resonates in my mind when I think of his Cubs career. Unfortunately so does his awful display in the playoffs, when no team was going to throw him a fastball.
It really all came apart for Soriano and the Cubs on an August night against the Mets in '07 when he tried to go from first to third. That was the end of his running game, something Hendry told me was an important factor in his signing.