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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.
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According to a report, the Cubs are willing to eat $26 million of the remaining $36 million owed left fielder Alfonso Soriano over the next two seasons, the last of the eight-year, $136 million deal he signed before the 2007 season. The contract includes a full no-trade clause, which Soriano invoked last season when he rejected a trade to the San Francisco Giants, using the negative...
Luis Valbuena smacked a two-out two-run HR into the upper bullpen beyond the RF fence in the bottom of the 4th to turn a one run deficit into a one run lead, and then after the Blue Squad pushed across a run to tie the game in the top of the 5th, Edwin Maysonet blasted a three-run HR with two outs in the bottom of the frame to lift the White Squad to a 6-3 victory in a five-inning...
Starlin Castro had three hits (two singles and a double) and scored three runs, and Jorge Soler, Nate Schierholtz, and Brian Bogusevic slugged solo home runs, as the White Squad defeated the Blue Squad 7-3 in a five-inning inrasquad game played this afternoon at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.
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An Iraq War veteran and die-hard Chicago Cubs fan received a prosthetic Chicago Cubs eye.
Bad news and good news:
Bad News: The Cubs have terrible prospects at left field. There isn't even really a projectable major-league starter here (maybe Pin-Chieh Chen? Maybe?). It might be more barren than catcher.
Good News: The Cubs are loaded at CF and RF. It's extremely likely that one of those prospects could just slide over and play LF. Generally, that's how it...
with teammate Matt Garza, Chicago Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart continues to
have terrible luck returning to action. On Thursday, February 21, Stewart came
out of the Cubs’ intrasquad game after straining the quad muscles in his left
strained his quad while rounding first base on a single. He had an MRI on
Friday, and the results came back...
Ian Stewart left Thursday’s intrasquad game with a quad injury, and has been sent out for an MRI. The Chicago Cubs are tripping all over themselves to tell the fans that the injury is minor and the MRI is just a precautionary test to make sure there is not a bigger problem on the horizon. As a result of this injury, Stewart will be out of a couple of the Cubs preseason games. Regardless...
Unfortunately, there is little information available on the man behind the Chicago Cubs prosthetic eye depicted above save for a tweet from the Smithsonian’s official Twitter account, but that does not take away from the sheer awesomeness of an Iraqi War veteran’s decision to have his evidently much-beloved favorite Major League Baseball team imprinted upon his new artificial...
I noticed yesterday on Fangraphs that they had published the 2013 Cubs Oliver Projections. Actually, they'd posted all the teams in their projections section, but I was interested in the Cubs. Here they are.
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I doubt it’ll happen in 2013.
However, now is a good time to talk about what improvements I think we will see from Castro in 2013 and why the whole “Is he a Theo player?” thing is kind of silly on a few levels.
Starlin Castro crept up on Cubs fans in 2010 as initial reports of a hot shot Dominican shortstop bled out of Spring Training and culminated in a rather fantastic debut...
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People are downplaying the importance of Navarro coming here and backing up Castillo. Am I the only one who thinks Navarro was a great pick up and could play his way into starting?
No, you’re not–I’m convinced of the same possible result. During his media session on Monday, Cubs’ starter Matt Garza went on and on about Navarro’s...
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza is pretty confident he’ll be ready for the teams season opener. Garza suffered a lat strain on Sunday when throwing batting practice, the injury isn’t deemed to be serious though. Matt is expected to miss about a week of practice time, which would include one Spring Training start.
“I’m not worried about spring starts, I’m more...
If you've got some time to kill, this is a fun trip down memory lane. Fun fact: the Cubs only had one player in the top 100 in 1993 and 1994….and it was the legendary Brooks Kieschnick. Lots of bare years after that too, when Kerry Wood was the only real prospect in the system. Also, Brian Dopirak was once the 21st ranked prospect in the minors (laughing).
The post All Time...
Today on Wrigley Talk Friday, we hope we finally closed the door on Tony Campana discussion, reflected on Theo's honesty about where the Cubs stand, and admitted to some deep emotional scarring that the Cubs have inflicted on us over the years.
By the way, the Theo interview we discuss can be heard here.
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