Sori? No way. Jose!
I’ve gotten lots and lots of emails already inquiring about whether the Cardinals can or will acquire Alfonso Soriano. And after sending the same answer a few times, I figured this would be a good way to address the issue.
I’m sure it’s a
possibility. I’d be shocked if Walt Jocketty didn’t at least put in a call to Jim Bowden to figure out what the situation is, and what it might take to get Soriano — after all, if he comes crazy cheap, you have to consider it. But ultimately, I have yet to have it explained why the Cardinals would want Soriano.
* He’s not a good defensive second baseman at all. In fact, he’s one of the worst around; Baseball Prospectus rated him as a full 21 runs below average defensively last year. Hence the reason the Nats want
to move him, and not Jose Vidro, to the outfield.
* He’s due to make $10 million this year. That’s a lotta jack, and unless Washington assumed the vast majority of that deal, it wold pretty much preclude the Cards from any other moves this year — such as adding a power-hitting outfielder, for example.
* Now, those things
would be much more forgivable if he were an asset offensively, but he’s not much of one. The past two
years, he’s been in major offensive decline – it’s just been masked by the fact
that he’s played in Arlington, which is the second-most hitter-friendly ballpark
in baseball. In 2004, away from Arlington, he hit .244 with a
.291 on-base percentage and .444 slugging percentage. In 2005, he got even worse
away from Arlington —
With all that said, there is a way that the Cardinals could benefit from Washington’s unpleasant situation — by picking up Vidro on the cheap. Vidro makes less money, is a better defender (though not a Gold Glover), is not an attitude case and actually gets on base once in a while.