Thursday, April 11, 2013
Soriano's slow start
By Jason A. Churchill
With the New York Yankees having landed Vernon Wells to help with their outfield problem and the veteran showing signs of life early, it may seem as if Alfonso Soriano has few, if any, suitors and that he may stay in Chicago for the duration. Like the Los Angeles Angels, however, the Cubs have reportedly told interested parties that they're willing to cover a large portion of Soriano's remaining contract in a trade, and despite no clear landing spot, it's likely he finishes 2013 somewhere else.
One thing that assist the odds is Soriano starting off the season strong and remaining consistent at the plate. That hasn't happened just yet, as Soriano enters play Thursday with six hits in 31 at-bats and is without an extra-base hit.
Clubs suffer injuries and at times end up pulling the plug on other players on a trial run and those teams could come calling over the summer, perhaps before. One of those is the Detroit Tigers, who may see the need for a right-handed platoon partner for Andy Dirks.
The Cubs are likely to be ready to call upon more youth in June or July, too, making Soriano even more expendable. American League contenders with at-bats available at DH also could show interest in Soriano. It certainly appears to be a situation that will resolve itself sooner than later, and is a matter of when, rather than if. But it'd help if Soriano starts hitting.