Alfonso Soriano DFA by the Yankees; Should he come back to the Cubs?

Alfonso Soriano DFA by the Yankees; Should he come back to the Cubs?

This is shocking but not shocking news about Alfonso Soriano, if you get what I mean:

 

It seems that Alfonso Soriano's major league career might be coming to an end.  He had been on the short side of the platoon in the outfield with Ichiro Suzuki for the New York Yankees this year (an incredibly expensive platoon, but one that was subsidized by the Cubs).  The Yankees will still be responsible for the remainder of Soriano's season salary, minus what the Cubs sent over in the trade for Corey Black.

This got me (and it seems, most of Twitter and Facebook) thinking about a role for Soriano with the Cubs.  He has always been a polarizing figure with Chicago fans, but I believe that more fans enjoy him than not, and appreciated his efforts and production despite the lofty contract and expectations.  What if he came back since the Cubs are paying for him anyway?  He could either be on the MLB roster, or serve as a player-coach akin to what Manny Ramirez is doing in Iowa now.  It may not be ideal (the Cubs need lefty bats that can produce in the outfield as Justin Ruggiano is working out okay from the right side) but it's not a terrible idea in my mind.

What say you?

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  • While Soriano has things he could certainly teach young guys, he doesn't have the hitting philosophy we are teaching the kids.

    Manny has always had the philosophy we have liked, Soriano, not so much.

  • In reply to givejonadollar:

    This is a good point! I think Soriano can better teach work ethic and how to navigate the media though, so he has other uses. Thanks!

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    It's a TERRIBLE idea!!!!

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    Sounds something like what a casual baseball fan might say.

    He gone......

  • In reply to bocabobby:

    Well, I'm not a casual baseball fan, just a servant of chaos. Given the sunk cost and the veteran presence plus his documented work ethic he should have some value as a bench coach; I never said he had to play regularly, though you might not notice much difference in the outfield anyway.

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    Move along, nothing to see here..... lol

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