Alfonso Soriano is still focused on priority one, winning a World Series. With the Cubs undergoing a rebuilding phase, Soriano realizes his chances to help the Cubs win their first World Series are dwindling. The trade rumors will persist until he is eventually traded, it’s clear Soriano doesn’t want to be a part of a losing team.
The Dodgers could still be interested in bringing Soriano to Los Angeles. Soriano recently gave a list to the Cubs of six or seven teams he would consider a trade to. The list included the Dodgers, Yankees, Mets, White Sox, and Phillies. Soriano owns a full no-trade clause and maintains dialogue with the Cubs executives about a potential trade. Soriano, 37, still has two years and $36MM remaining on his contract with the Cubs. Despite Soriano getting up there in baseball years, he managed to post a .262/.322/.499 batting line with 32 home runs, giving Soriano a WAR of 4.0 in 2012.
If the analysts are right it appears the downward spiral may continue for Alfonso Soriano in 2013. Almost every projection I’ve looked at is right in line with Bill James‘ projection of a .245/.304/.462 batting line with 27 home runs, giving him a total WAR of 1.8. Those numbers are all well below his career averages. Which is why, should the Dodgers pursue Soriano in a trade, they must make sure that Chicago pays the bill. No dutch dating here, too much risk, and I don’t like the deal in any way if we are paying part of the bill.
I wouldn’t mind Soriano in Dodger blue. He would cost little in the way of prospects. He’s still got a lot of pop in the bat, which could be the Matt Stairs effect for the Dodgers bench. Sorry I always like using his name, probably because I will forever remember the balls he launched into the heavens against the Dodgers. Plus, having Soriano around would allow the ability to give regular rest to Carl Crawford which would hopefully keep him healthy for all 162 games this season.