The New York Yankees new left fielder and cleanup hitter is their old second baseman: Alfonso Soriano. It’s good to see him back, especially considering that he’s a right-handed hitter who still has some pop — or in other words, the kind of player New York is in dire need of. Sadly, his presence alone won’t be enough to put them over the top.
I like that the Yankees had to give up only Class-A pitcher Corey Black to obtain Soriano, and I like that the Chicago Cubs will pay most of his remaining contract. What I don’t like is his age. I don’t know what the Yankees can expect to get out of a 37-year-old outfielder, especially one who they’re now going to rely on to protect Robinson Cano in the batting order. Don’t get me wrong, he’s certainly an improvement over Lyle Overbay in that spot. I’m just not convinced that he can produce for much longer.
Of course, I could be wrong. Last season, Soriano had his first 100-RBI season since 2005. He’s doing pretty good this season as well, swatting more homers this month than the entire Yankees team. However, I’m just not convinced that he’ll be enough. The Yankees will need a great deal more offense to compete with the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and the red hot Tampa Bay Rays.
Luckily, there is still more time before the trade deadline. General Manager Brian Cashman got this deal done. We’ll see if he can get a few more.