According to sources, the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees are discussing a potential trade that would land Soriano back in the Bronx.
Coming off a shut out loss by Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers, the Yankees are shopping for nothing but offense to hold them over until Jeter, Rodriguez, Granderson, and Youk return from the DL.
However, people may be asking themselves “What exactly would Soriano bring to the Yankees?”
Well, here’s the answer:
1. The long ball.
As of today July 23rd, Robinson Cano leads the Yankees in HR’s (21) and next on the list in Travis Hafner (12) who has limited playing time because of his age and other options for a designated hitter.
Now if you bring Soriano into the picture, he already has 17 homers in a Cubs uniform and at a hitter friendly ball park like Yankees Stadium, we can only expect more to come.
2. Runs Scored and Runs Batted In (RBI’s)
Right now, Brett Gardner is leading the team in runs scored (54) and Robbie Cano is right under him with 53. The Yankees need to find a way to score runs and help out their pitching staff because clearly they need more. As proven last night against the Texas Rangers, Ivan Nova pitched fairly well only giving up 3 runs, but the Yankees failed to score a single run.
With the potential acquisition of Soriano, he will arrive in NY with a combined 97 runs scored and RBI’s which is just what the Yankees need right now.
- Cano currently leads the team in RBI’s with 69, following Lyle Overbay with 43.
3. Experience and Leadership.
Entering his 15th MLB season this year, Alfonso Soriano knows the game of baseball and plays the game in the right manner.
The Yankees being an “old team” to begin with, Soriano is still a very productive player who can score runs in almost any way and doesn’t seem to be slowing down at a rapid pace.
Along with the current Veterans like Mo, Jeter, Cano, Wells, Ichiro, and Hafner all in the club house to this date, Soriano would fit right in and help save the Yankees from the injuries they have suffered from.