Since 2007 Alfonso Soriano has been a strong presence in the line-up of the Chicago Cubs. There have been off years and problems along the way but there have also been years when he was the clear MVP of the team. After all, a team doesn’t have to be good to have a player that was most valuable to the success they did have. Last season Soriano was in full form with over thirty homers and more than a hundred RBI. As the 2013 season starts, how will he fare?
First things first, Soriano is the subject of trade rumors… again. Frankly half of the 25-man roster can be listed as possible trade bait for someone. For the purposes of this article, I am going to assume that all goes well for the Cubs this season. They have turned a small corner after all and there is no reason to believe that they will have a fire sale trade days banquet before the trade deadline. Besides, Soriano has a full no-trade clause in his contract so that should about take care of it.
Assuming he will be there all season, Soriano should once again be a strong point in this batting order. I see no reason he won’t take what he did last year and carry it over to this season. In fact, he might lessen his strikeouts since he has only had over 150 twice in his entire career, and produce even better than he did in 2012.
I really hate the idea that the Cubs having a good veteran player means he has to be trade bait. Maybe, just maybe they will win a lot of games this year and trade to bring in talent instead of giving it away. Considering the moves of recent years by the franchise, I think Soriano will be in good shape to stay put as long as he produces the way he should. There is just no reason to think he won’t.