Alfonso Soriano has had a successful career with the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and now the Chicago Cubs. However, as an aging outfielder, the demand for the right-handed power hitter has slowly diminished.
Not enough, however, to keep the Yankees away — again.
The Bronx Bombers have shown interest in acquiring the man who used to play second base for the team. He has some pop in his bat, but his average has been slowly declining throughout the past couple of seasons. Cubs fans have been hoping for a deal because the 37-year-old former superstar provides no help for Chicago’s future besides a bit of a veteran presence.
Coincidentally, Yankee fans should also hope that their team is Soriano-less in the coming months. Why is he a bad fit for New York?
Well, let’s look at the numbers. Since hitting 30 or more home runs in five of six seasons from 2002 to 2007, Soriano has had just one season with 30-plus since 2008. he has accumulated over 100 RBIs just three times in his 15-year career, and just over 90 RBIs just six times since joining MLB.
The Yankees already have an aging outfield with a 34-year-old Vernon Wells, a 32-year-old Curtis Granderson and a 39-year-old Ichiro Suzuki. Adding another 37-year-old to the mix would do nothing for the future of the organization.
I’m not saying the Yankees have to rebuild by any means, but adding a guy who is hitting .254 with 17 homers and 51 RBIs — with half of his home run production having come in July — won’t help the team make a deep playoff run. Sorry folks, but Soriano is not the answer.