Quick Hits: Alfonso Soriano, Cubs Draft, Mets

The Nationals rewrote Major League history on Sunday in yet another sign that the beleaguered franchise has turned the proverbial corner. Bryce Harper and Steve Lombardozzi became the first rookies to hit back-to-back home runs to lead off a game in the modern era. Here's the latest odds and ends from around the league as we look forward to Monday's amateur draft…

  • Alfonso Soriano is open to being traded to a contender as he concedes his career is winding down at 36, reports Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Soriano has made himself an attractive trade candidate with a 2012 slash line of .267/.311/.460, but remains unlikely to be moved thanks to his hefty contract. The Cubs owe Soriano the remainder of his $18MM salary for this year and $36MM over the next two seasons.
  • Cubs manager Dale Sveum hasn't seen team president Theo Epstein or scouting chief Jason McLeod in days and that's because they are in lockdown mode for Monday's amateur draft, says Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. "Theo and Jason and Jed (Hoyer), they've had a whole different system in the draft, and obviously it's worked pretty well," Sveum said. "The high picks they had in Boston panned out pretty good." Equipped with the sixth pick in the draft, the Cubs are expected to take high school center fielder Albert Almora or Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa based upon projections from Baseball America. 
  • Look for the Mets to consider making minor moves at the trade deadline rather than taking on salary to acquire an expensive veteran, writes Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.com. Cerrone points to Buster Olney's comments on Sunday night in which he stated that the team is focused on the big picture when Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler arrive in Queens in as soon as 14 months. 


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36 Comments on "Quick Hits: Alfonso Soriano, Cubs Draft, Mets"


Guest
3 years 1 month ago

soriano can stills hit but he es over thee hill,,,, dh at bestest nowadays,, i looks forward to viewings cubs next series

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baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

Well he has been a 7 UZR player this season. Just saying.

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CubsFan5
3 years 1 month ago

His knees are starting to give him issues again. While that 7 UZR is nice, it will most likely start going down because he can’t run out there.

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baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

He might be able to be serviceable, especially with some DL time. It seems like he actually put some work in and got better there. He doesn’t hop around like a jumping bean whenever he catches the ball now.

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CubsFan5
3 years 1 month ago

Soriano should just retire. While he has improved defensively, you can tell he’s in pain trying to run out there. I guess if an AL club wants a DH he could be an option baring the Cubs eat his contract. 

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Sam Donets
3 years 1 month ago

He’s been battling knee problems lately which explains why he looks like he’s in pain while running. Plus The Cubs are going to demand some sort of blue chip prospect that can hit a ball past the infield.

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baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

Player to be Named Later has too much upside for Soriano.

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Hitterish
3 years 1 month ago

I disagree, Sam. If they could find a trade partner who would pay even 1/4th (and probably even less) of Soriano’s remaining deal, they would jump on it no matter what they got in return. He has the ability to carry a team with his power bat which has been red hot of late but odds say he stays a Cub, at least for the rest of 2012.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 1 month ago

retire and leave all that money on the table? not likely

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CubsFan5
3 years 1 month ago

While it’s uncommon, it’s been done. I’m not saying retire this season, but possibly next. He’s not going to be able to walk by the time his 45. 

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Lunchbox45
3 years 1 month ago

Its really rare, I know Meche did it.  but soriano is owed 38 mill over the next 2 seasons, that’s a lot of coin.

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TheFallenSoldier
3 years 1 month ago

he actually needs surgery on his knee

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Blue387
3 years 1 month ago

I hope the Mets acquire another starter or bullpen arm. The bullpen is not good and Jeremy Hefner is a starter.

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3 years 1 month ago

no trade for starter,,,, harvey, wheeler es waiting in thee wings

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baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

… To head to Chicago for Garza 😀

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Blue387
3 years 1 month ago

Okay but the bullpen needs fixing.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 1 month ago

For the Cubs to get any team to take on some of Soriano’s salary would require Reagins to get a job as a GM again.

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jb226
3 years 1 month ago

Meh.  Soriano’s bat has value, and with the numbers that have been floating around about what the Cubs are willing to eat the salary would be the lesser of the obstacles to a trade.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 1 month ago

Unless the Cubs are offering an unconditional release, my bet is most suitors could still find a better in house option. Especially when you consider the simple fact that Soriano is one of the worst postseason hitters in the MLB with more than 100 ABs.

Guest
3 years 1 month ago

Yankees should get Soriano back, he would hit alot of homers at Yankee Stadium 

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BitLocker
3 years 1 month ago

 Yankees already have Ibanez to do that and he’s 99% cheaper.