Assessing values of Soriano, other Cubs
While the baseball world awaits a resolution on the annoying Alex Rodriguez situation (like the Ryan Braun saga, it’s not likely to end well), the New York Yankees have reportedly been trying to acquire another right-handed bat, one certainly familiar with the Bronx. Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is clearly a different player than he was a decade ago when as a second baseman he achieved consecutive 30-homer, 30-steal seasons in pinstripes, but this remains a valuable, somewhat misunderstood player and fantasy option.
AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastAlfonso Soriano is having another productive power season, and has 10 steals as well.
Soriano did not play Wednesday night in Chicago’s 7-6 extra-inning win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he did give his consent for a trade to the Yankees, as well as other teams. Perhaps Soriano will sit while details are worked out, but in the meantime, fantasy owners should look at a potential move not as a good or bad thing. Soriano enters Thursday as the No. 25 outfielder on ESPN’s Player Rater, on pace for 28 home runs, 83 RBIs and perhaps most surprisingly 16 stolen bases. Sure, he doesn’t add value defensively and his .287 on-base percentage is seriously lacking, but Soriano has been a steal of a 19th-round pick in ESPN average live drafts.