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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
16 8395 .270 .319 .500 .280 42.4
Birth Date1-7-1976
Height6' 1"
Weight195 lbs
Age42 years, 10 months, 12 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1999 NYA 23 9 8 8 2 1 0 0 1 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .125 .125 .500 .267 0.3 -0.0 0.0
2000 NYA 24 22 53 50 5 9 3 0 2 18 1 15 0 0 2 3 2 0 .180 .196 .360 .201 -1.6 -1.0 -0.2
2001 NYA 25 158 614 574 77 154 34 3 18 248 29 125 3 5 3 73 43 14 .268 .304 .432 .256 15.0 -13.9 0.1
2002 NYA 26 156 741 696 128 209 51 2 39 381 23 157 14 7 1 102 41 13 .300 .332 .547 .303 61.2 -9.1 5.3
2003 NYA 27 156 734 682 114 198 36 5 38 358 38 130 12 2 0 91 35 8 .290 .338 .525 .294 47.3 0.8 4.8
2004 TEX 28 145 658 608 77 170 32 4 28 294 33 121 10 7 0 91 18 5 .280 .324 .484 .265 24.4 -7.5 1.7
2005 TEX 29 156 682 637 102 171 43 2 36 326 33 125 7 5 0 104 30 2 .268 .309 .512 .275 31.7 -7.0 2.5
2006 WAS 30 159 728 647 119 179 41 2 46 362 67 160 9 3 2 95 41 17 .277 .351 .560 .316 65.4 13.5 7.7
2007 CHN 31 135 617 579 97 173 42 5 33 324 31 130 4 3 0 70 19 6 .299 .337 .560 .291 34.8 29.1 6.3
2008 CHN 32 109 503 453 76 127 27 0 29 241 43 103 3 4 0 75 19 3 .280 .344 .532 .286 26.9 10.3 3.7
2009 CHN 33 117 522 477 64 115 25 1 20 202 40 118 3 2 0 55 9 2 .241 .303 .423 .252 6.5 1.5 0.8
2010 CHN 34 147 548 496 67 128 40 3 24 246 45 123 3 3 1 79 5 1 .258 .322 .496 .292 31.6 -8.3 2.4
2011 CHN 35 137 508 475 50 116 27 1 26 223 27 113 4 2 0 88 2 1 .244 .289 .469 .261 11.8 -6.7 0.5
2012 CHN 36 151 615 561 68 147 33 2 32 280 44 153 7 3 0 108 6 2 .262 .322 .499 .281 22.5 13.0 3.8
2013 CHN 37 93 383 362 47 92 24 1 17 169 15 89 3 3 0 51 10 5 .254 .287 .467 .268 11.2 1.6 1.4
2013 NYA 37 58 243 219 37 56 8 0 17 115 21 67 2 1 0 50 8 4 .256 .325 .525 .300 12.3 8.9 2.3
2014 NYA 38 67 238 226 22 50 15 0 6 83 6 71 2 4 23 1 0 .221 .244 .367 .228 -2.5 -3.2 -0.6
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1999 NYA MLB 9 8 .267 .289 .363 .447 .287 .000 97 0.1 0.2 0 -0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
1999 NRW AA 0 397 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 COH AAA 0 87 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .210 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 NYA MLB 22 53 .201 .278 .353 .443 .266 .212 96 -3.7 1.5 0.4 -1.0 0.2 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2000 COH AAA 0 487 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .334 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 NYA MLB 158 614 .256 .264 .330 .420 .261 .312 95 -2.4 16.8 -0.9 -13.9 1.5 15.0 0.1 15.0 0.1
2002 NYA MLB 156 741 .303 .268 .335 .431 .267 .335 97 34 19.8 -1 -9.1 8.5 61.2 5.3 61.2 5.3
2003 NYA MLB 156 734 .294 .264 .331 .423 .261 .310 99 27.5 20.0 -1 0.8 0.7 47.3 4.8 47.3 4.8
2004 TEX MLB 145 658 .265 .268 .334 .431 .260 .305 108 3.7 19.6 -1.1 -7.5 2.2 24.4 1.7 24.4 1.7
2005 TEX MLB 156 682 .275 .261 .325 .411 .259 .281 108 11 19.6 -1 -7.0 2.1 31.7 2.5 31.7 2.5
2006 WAS MLB 159 728 .316 .268 .336 .434 .266 .300 91 45.6 21.9 -5.2 13.5 3.1 65.4 7.7 65.4 7.7
2007 CHN MLB 135 617 .291 .275 .336 .438 .264 .334 102 21.2 18.3 -3.8 29.1 -0.8 34.8 6.3 34.8 6.3
2008 CHN MLB 109 503 .286 .266 .328 .419 .262 .302 103 13.8 14.5 -3.4 10.3 2.0 26.9 3.7 26.9 3.7
2008 IOW AAA 1 3 .202 .303 .334 .481 .254 .500 121 -0.2 0.1 0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2008 CUB Rk 1 3 .190 .295 .357 .465 .327 .000 87 -0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2009 CHN MLB 117 522 .252 .265 .332 .424 .266 .279 99 -4.5 15.0 -3.6 1.5 -0.5 6.5 0.8 6.5 0.8
2010 CHN MLB 147 548 .292 .258 .323 .405 .267 .295 98 18 15.1 -3.5 -8.3 2.0 31.6 2.4 31.6 2.4
2011 CHN MLB 137 508 .261 .256 .318 .399 .261 .266 102 0.6 13.7 -3.3 -6.7 0.8 11.8 0.5 11.8 0.5
2011 IOW AAA 3 13 .106 .269 .332 .445 .260 .111 95 -2.4 0.4 -0.1 -0.4 0.3 -1.7 -0.2 -1.7 -0.2
2012 CHN MLB 151 615 .281 .252 .313 .400 .258 .303 101 13 16.8 -4.3 13.0 -3.0 22.5 3.8 22.5 3.8
2013 CHN MLB 93 383 .268 .249 .312 .389 .257 .290 103 3.1 10.1 -2.6 1.6 0.6 11.2 1.4 11.2 1.4
2013 NYA MLB 58 243 .300 .248 .309 .396 .258 .287 101 9.2 6.4 -1.9 8.9 -1.4 12.3 2.3 12.3 2.3
2014 NYA MLB 67 238 .228 .249 .312 .384 .263 .288 98 -7.1 6.1 -2.8 -3.2 1.3 -2.5 -0.6 -2.5 -0.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1999 COH AAA 87 8 15 5 1 2 11 5 18 1 1 .183 .230 .341 .159 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 NRW AA 397 57 110 20 3 15 68 32 67 24 16 .305 .368 .501 .197 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 NYA MLB 8 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 .125 .125 .500 .375 .267 0.3 -0.0 0.0
2000 COH AAA 487 90 133 32 6 12 66 25 85 14 7 .290 .331 .464 .174 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 NYA MLB 53 5 9 3 0 2 3 1 15 2 0 .180 .196 .360 .180 .201 -1.6 -1.0 -0.2
2001 NYA MLB 614 77 154 34 3 18 73 29 125 43 14 .268 .304 .432 .164 .256 15.0 -13.9 0.1
2002 NYA MLB 741 128 209 51 2 39 102 23 157 41 13 .300 .332 .547 .247 .303 61.2 -9.1 5.3
2003 NYA MLB 734 114 198 36 5 38 91 38 130 35 8 .290 .338 .525 .235 .294 47.3 0.8 4.8
2004 TEX MLB 658 77 170 32 4 28 91 33 121 18 5 .280 .324 .484 .204 .265 24.4 -7.5 1.7
2005 TEX MLB 682 102 171 43 2 36 104 33 125 30 2 .268 .309 .512 .243 .275 31.7 -7.0 2.5
2006 WAS MLB 728 119 179 41 2 46 95 67 160 41 17 .277 .351 .560 .283 .316 65.4 13.5 7.7
2007 CHN MLB 617 97 173 42 5 33 70 31 130 19 6 .299 .337 .560 .261 .291 34.8 29.1 6.3
2008 CHN MLB 503 76 127 27 0 29 75 43 103 19 3 .280 .344 .532 .252 .286 26.9 10.3 3.7
2008 CUB Rk 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .000 .190 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
2008 IOW AAA 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 .202 -0.1 -0.2 -0.0
2009 CHN MLB 522 64 115 25 1 20 55 40 118 9 2 .241 .303 .423 .182 .252 6.5 1.5 0.8
2010 CHN MLB 548 67 128 40 3 24 79 45 123 5 1 .258 .322 .496 .238 .292 31.6 -8.3 2.4
2011 IOW AAA 13 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .077 .077 .077 .000 .106 -1.7 -0.4 -0.2
2011 CHN MLB 508 50 116 27 1 26 88 27 113 2 1 .244 .289 .469 .225 .261 11.8 -6.7 0.5
2012 CHN MLB 615 68 147 33 2 32 108 44 153 6 2 .262 .322 .499 .237 .281 22.5 13.0 3.8
2013 NYA MLB 243 37 56 8 0 17 50 21 67 8 4 .256 .325 .525 .269 .300 12.3 8.9 2.3
2013 CHN MLB 383 47 92 24 1 17 51 15 89 10 5 .254 .287 .467 .213 .268 11.2 1.6 1.4
2014 NYA MLB 238 22 50 15 0 6 23 6 71 1 0 .221 .244 .367 .146 .228 -2.5 -3.2 -0.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 1798 0.4194 0.5284 0.7232 0.6936 0.4090 0.8279 0.5948 0.2768 610 0.002003
2009 1945 0.3985 0.5203 0.7312 0.6774 0.4162 0.8381 0.6160 0.2688 688 0.017072
2010 2092 0.4207 0.4986 0.7143 0.6420 0.3944 0.8389 0.5669 0.2857 809 0.000012
2011 1843 0.4444 0.5534 0.7373 0.6911 0.4434 0.8534 0.5925 0.2627 616 -0.001215
2012 2309 0.4236 0.5006 0.7042 0.6595 0.3839 0.8171 0.5616 0.2958 854 0.003261
2013 2335 0.4377 0.5332 0.6988 0.6849 0.4151 0.8143 0.5505 0.3012 836 0.005718
2014 873 0.4364 0.5441 0.6779 0.6877 0.4329 0.7901 0.5399 0.3221 281 0.015658
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-01 2014-03-06 Camp 5 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2014-02-20 - Camp - - - General Medical Illness Flu - -
2014-02-20 2014-02-24 Camp 4 0 - General Medical Illness Flu - -
2013-09-14 2013-09-15 DTD 1 1 - Thumb Sprain - -
2012-08-07 2012-08-08 DTD 1 1 Right Fingers Sprain Index Finger - -
2012-05-09 2012-05-11 DTD 2 1 Right Knee Soreness - -
2011-08-25 2011-08-26 DTD 1 1 - Forearm Contusion HBP - -
2011-08-19 2011-08-19 DTD 0 0 Right Elbow Contusion - -
2011-05-31 2011-06-15 15-DL 15 14 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2010-07-09 2010-07-09 DTD 0 0 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2010-03-01 2010-03-07 Camp 6 0 Left Knee Recovery From Surgery Debridement + Cartilage Degeneration 2009-09-15
2009-09-04 2009-10-05 15-DL 31 29 Left Knee Surgery Debridement + Cartilage Degeneration 2009-09-15
2009-08-30 2009-09-02 DTD 3 3 Left Knee Inflammation Cortisone Injection -
2009-08-22 2009-08-26 DTD 4 3 Left Knee Soreness -
2009-07-17 2009-07-18 DTD 1 1 Right Fingers Dislocation Little Finger -
2009-06-01 2009-06-02 DTD 1 0 Left Knee Soreness From Old Contusion -
2009-04-22 2009-04-22 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Contusion Running Into Structure -
2008-06-04 2008-07-23 15-DL 49 41 Left Hand Fracture 4th Metacarpal HBP -
2008-05-31 2008-05-31 DTD 0 0 Foot Contusion HBP -
2008-04-16 2008-05-01 15-DL 15 14 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2008-03-02 2008-03-24 Camp 22 0 Right Fingers Fracture Middle Finger -
2007-08-06 2007-08-28 15-DL 22 19 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2007-04-17 2007-04-22 DTD 5 5 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-06-08 2005-06-11 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-06-06 2005-06-07 DTD 1 0 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2004-09-17 2004-10-03 DTD 16 15 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2004-04-25 2004-04-27 DTD 2 1 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2003-07-08 2003-07-09 DTD 1 1 Hand Contusion HBP -
2003-02-11 2003-03-18 Camp 35 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
1999-07-15 1999-08-15 Minors 31 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 NYA $5,000,000
2014 CHN $14,000,000
2013 CHN $19,000,000
2012 CHN $19,000,000
2011 CHN $19,000,000
2010 CHN $19,000,000
2009 CHN $17,000,000
2008 CHN $14,000,000
2007 CHN $10,000,000
2006 WAS $10,000,000
2005 TEX $7,500,000
2004 TEX $5,400,000
2003 NYA $800,000
2002 NYA $630,000
2001 NYA $630,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
14 yrPrevious$160,960,000
14 yrTotal$160,960,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 79 dDiego Bentz8 years/$136M (2007-14)

Details
  • 8 years/$136M (2007-14). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 11/06. $8M signing bonus. 07:$9M, 08:$13M, 09:$16M, 10-14:$18M/year. Full no-trade clause. Perks: Suite on road, 6 premium tickets per game. Award bonuses: $0.25M for All-Star vote leader, $0.35M for WS MVP, $0.25M for LCS MVP, $0.3M for MVP, $75,000 for Gold Glove. Acquired by NY Yankees in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/26/13. (Yankees pay $1.8M of remaining 2013 salary and $5M of 2014 salary.) DFA by NY Yankees 7/6/14. Released by NY Yankees 7/14/14. Retired 11/14.
  • 1 year/$10M (2006). Lost arbitration with Washington 2/06 ($12M-$10M).
  • 1 year/$7.5M (2005). Re-signed by Texas 1/05 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Washington in trade from Texas 12/05.
  • 1 year/$5.4M (2004). Re-signed by NY Yankees 1/04 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Texas in trade from NY Yankees 2/04.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2003). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/03.
  • 5 year/$3.15M (1998-02). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent from Japan 3/98. ("Retired" 3/98 after two years with Hiroshima.)

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DateQuestionAnswer
2015-02-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)What do you foresee Alcantara doing this season and in the future?
(Jake from New York)
Alcantara seems like a guy who might be a super-sub to start the year but I suspect he'll eventually start somewhere for the Cubs, even if it's in left field. This season I don't have high hopes because he got the bat knocked out of his hands in a short trial last year, but a .230-.240 BA with low double digit power/speed isn't out of the question. The ceiling is probably a poor man's Alfonso Soriano, which doesn't sound great if you look at Sori's entire career, but it's easy to forget now that Sori was a fantasy deity for a little while there. (Mike Gianella)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Obligatory Cubs prospect question- Javier Baez has been heating up recently. He seems to struggle when he gets to a new level, then adjusts and starts to rake. I know he's always going to have some valleys due to his approach, but were the concerns earlier this year a bit overstated?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
The big league level is obviously the largest jump. He's going to probably struggle a lot when he gets there. The approach really needs work. It could take him 500 PA, 1000 PA, even 1500 PA. I'm not really sure. However, the power is legit, the bat speed is outstanding, and when he makes contact, especially to LF, it's going to fly out of the park.

I don't think the concerns are overstated. AAA is a league with a bunch of journeyman throwing junk. They can throw CB/CH etc for strikes, whereas most other levels, they frankly can't. Baez' approach may hinder him from being a franchise altering beast, but if he turns out to be Nelson Cruz, or even Alfonso Soriano, that's pretty awesome, too. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Alfonso Soriano recently dropped a 40/40 potential on Junior Lake. Crazy yes, but what do you see his peak as?
(dastard from on)
Yes, that is crazy. 15/15 seems more reasonable, and I worry that Lake is going to get pushed aside by the tidal wave of Cubs prospects who will be on the scene sooner rather than later. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Alfonso Soriano just keeps putting up the HR and RBI numbers, and SB last year. Anyway he keeps it up this year?
(Ike from Jersey)
It would be just like Sori to do it again. He was super hot for a lot his time in the Bronx this year, but he'll have those bursts again. Just how many and how far between remains to be seen. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-06-27 13:15:00 (link to chat)Buxton = Alfonso Soriano in his prime?
(John from CT)
I suppose his ceiling would be that, but better defensively. Which isn't to say that he'll get there. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Puig looks like an excited puppy, doesn't he? What do you see as his ceiling?
(Koala from Rome)
He sure does! LOL. I had him pegged wrong, I thought his holes would be exposed sooner. Glad to be wrong though because it's been fun. I keep coming back to Alfonso Soriano for a ceiling as he can do everything, but his free-swinging ways will give him fits at times. (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm a cubs fan and im really starting to get worried about castro's future. Do you think he can ever get more selective in order to hit for more power?? or was he just not born with it
(DonKeji from chicago)
I still think Vladimir Guerrero is always going to be THE exception to this question, but it's not like his teammate Alfonso Soriano was ever super-selective and he's been a terrific power hitter even as power in the game has decreased. So there is a chance to develop power without talking walks; I'm just not convinced Castro has that kind of swing. (Zachary Levine)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)Is Starling Marte going to break out this year? I don't see him as a great leadoff hitter, even if he can sustain a .300+ BA
(redguy12588 from Pittsburgh)
See my last... he has a ton of ability but controlling the strike zone is not one of them. People talk about guys like Braun and Trout as once-in-a-generation talents, but so was Alfonso Soriano... very few hitters can be impact players with such terrible K-BB numbers. That's not to say Marte can't or won't be an impact player this year, but let's just say I'm not giving up on Alex Presley yet, either! (Cory Schwartz)
2013-02-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance Brett Jackson opens the season with the Cubs & who would be pushed out of the lineup if he does?
(grandslam28 from Chicago)
It's possible, grandslam28, but the key for Jackson is finding a way to reduce his strikeout rate, which surged to 41.5 percent when he was promoted to the majors last year. There have been some reports from Arizona about Jackson retooling his swing, and the Cubs may feel that he's better off honing that in Triple-A than in the majors. If Epstein and Sveum decide to challenge him in the bigs, he'll either compete for time with Nate Schierholtz or put the wheels in motion on a trade involving Alfonso Soriano. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-12-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were Andrew Friedman and you had the 3 choices of Vernon Wells(with 80% of contract eaten), Alfonso Soriano(with 26 of the remaining 36 MIL eaten) or Jason Kubel to acquire, who would you pick between them and how much(prospects or players) would you risk to acquiring them?
(jlarsen from Chicago)
Let's do this House Hunters style. Vernon Wells. No. Soriano is an interesting idea in this scenario. You're basically talking about a 2/10 commitment. For all his faults, he will stand in left field and hit 30 HR. (Scary thought, he's at 370ish HR... 4 more years of 30 HR, he has 500... Soriano for the HOF!) He's been just-above-replacement player alternating with a 2 win player the past few years. At a 5 mil commitment, that's about right given market rates. So, I'd be willing to send the Cubs a check and some org guy who always wanted to play for the Cubs. Then again, why pay market rate when you can try to squeeze that value out for less? (Russell Carleton)
2012-06-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Apologies in advance for the open-ended question, but what are your long-term impressions of Starlin Castro?
(KRS from Loop)
I hate when I click on a question and then realized I need to give it some thought.

I love Castro as a hitter, and I think he's going to grow into a real, real power threat. I don't mean this comp to be too literal, but I wouldn't put Alfonso Soriano's 20s beyond him. I'd like to see him playing on a good team. With no insight into his mind or personality or anything of the sort, I do wonder whether it's boring for a 22-year-old to be a regular shortstop on a bad team three years in a row. (Sam Miller)
2012-06-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are the Orioles desperate enough for corner outfielders that they might listen to Theo/Jed about Alfonso Soriano?
(Dave from Chicago)
The Orioles could definitely use some help out there, but he's not a special bat anymore an there's $36 million remaining on that deal after this season. If the O's are open to taking on a bad contract, it would make more sense to call up Houston about Carlos Lee, since his deal expires after the year. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Predictions for where Cubs OFers Alfonso Soriano and Marlon Byrd land with in-season trades?
(Jon KK from Elkhart, Ind.)
Byrd to the Giants, maybe Boston. Soriano still won't be movable. (Sam Miller)
2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I meant if you could live one part of his life, would you rather be Torre the player, manager, or future owner of the Dodgers. I'm sorry I worded that like Alfonso Soriano tracks a flyball...
(Mike from Still Avoiding Work)
I'd rather be the player, though the managerial portion of his career must have been pretty fascinating. (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)
2011-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the rule on releasing players with guaranteed contracts? In suffering through the Teddy Higuera years, I thought you only owed the full amount for the next season. I ask because with Ryan Howard's contract, are the Phillies better off releasing him and going after Prince/ Pujols?
(Capt_Science from Philadelphia)
You confused me for a second, thinking Higuera was on the Phillies at some point.

As for the question, as far as I know the "guaranteed" part of the contract means just that - no matter what happens, Ryan Howard will receive $125 million for the Phillies. I think I remember some cases of players working out a deal with a team to change that guaranteed amount or restructure it, but that's not the same.

If a team could just drop a player and pay him only one year's salary, the Alfonso Soriano's and Vernon Wells' and Carlos Zambrano's and Carlos Lee's of the world would have been cut long ago. (Larry Granillo)
2011-06-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Re: Mike Morse - it's now been 472 PAs of .867 OPS over two seasons. How much longer would he need? Or is it so far out of the realm of possibility because of his age? He's got a career OPS of .820, and 30% of those PAs came from his .718 age 23 season.
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Well, I like what he's done. He's hit .300/.352/.511 since that season you mention in 608 scattered PAs. He has real value given that he can move around the field and knock the ball. But his 39 walks/140 strikeouts makes me nervous about the inevitable cold streaks or bad BABIP stretch, because players of this model, be they Robinson Cano or Alfonso Soriano, when they go cold, they just contribute nothing. Put that together with his age and that he should be up for arb after the season and I think, "Go fish." (Steven Goldman)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Cubs are a mess. Considering their big mkt expectations, what direction do they go in as deadline approaches?
(Matt from Chicago)
They could probably benefit from selling and slotting some of the ready youth (okay, mostly Brett Jackson) into the lineup, but looking around, it's not like they can move Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd is hurt, and Carlos Pena is struggling. Maybe they would move a starting pitcher (one who isn't hurt, at least) for a few prospects, otherwise, there isn't a whole lot they can do. (R.J. Anderson)
2010-07-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)What type of power do you think A. McCutchen will develop and will C. Gonzalez ever have a OBP of better than the .335 range?
(Randy from Louisville, KY)
PECOTA thinks see McCutchen's power topping out in the mid-teens, and I think I concur. Combine that with his speed, CF defense, and on-base ability, and he's quite the talent. CarGo's patience -- well, I was optimistic coming into this season, but now I'm wondering if he's Alfonso Soriano with a good glove. (Ken Funck)
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)I cannot get anyone to answer this...On September 25, 1989 Andre Dawson hit one of the most bizarre inside the park home runs ever against Montreal. Despite Davy Martinez catching a deep fly ball, he came up injured on the play and was unable to enact a "voluntary and intentional" release of the ball, which is needed to record an out as stated in the MLB rulebook's definition of a catch. On Sunday, a similar play occurred when Dexter Fowler caught a deep fly ball off the bat of Alfonso Soriano. If you watch the replay, he never releases the ball as he is writhing in pain on the ground. In fact, the right fielder picks up Fowler's glove with the ball still in it and holds it while he is being tended to (see on MLB.com replay). Are you aware of this rule and should Soriano have continued around the base paths to score the game tying run?
(Goose from Chicago)
...Can I tell you how much I've come to dislike Firefox? I just don't know what to switch to. It seems like every browser has massive negatives. I like the idea of Chrome, but I've been told it swallows memory, and that's one of my big problems with Firefox... Goose, I love your question, but I'd want to look at some video before answering it. I will take the risk of an uninformed answer and say that the quality of umpiring is so poor, and we've seen so many misapplied rules (like the Don Mattingly thing recently) that I wouldn't be surprised if they just missed it. (Steven Goldman)
2010-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Alfonso Soriano or Milton Bradley this year? Neither isn't an option.
(Stan from Azkaban)
Milton. Soriano worries me. Outside of the injury he had some legitimate concerns crop up in his ability that I need to look into more before I publish the rankings. I assume Bradley will improve simply by nature of leaving accursed Wrigley. (Marc Normandin)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does this make sense for the Mets and Cubs? Cubs trade Carlos Zambrano and Alfonso Soriano to the Mets for Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez and Fernando Martinez.
(Matt from Whippleville, NY)
It might work for the Mets, but there's no way it works for the Cubs. Perez is even more dubious as assets go than the Big Z, and Castillo's somebody only the Mets were willing to afford. Put Milton Bradley in Soriano's place, however, and maybe you make Jim Hendry fidget about personal wish fulfillment. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Didn't Delmon Young have all of 2 unintentional BBs from late August through the end of September? ... that guy left you feeling optimistic?
(glenihan from nyc)
Walks are very important, walks are NOT the end all be all. You can be a good player with a bad walk rate. It doesn't make you AS good of a player, but it happens. You have to be pretty special, like an early career Alfonso Soriano or Vlad. Walks are not a pre-requisite of being good. You obviously want them, but you can't take it to the point where if a player doesn't walk he stinks. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Happy Labor Day CK... Do the Cubs spend the offseason rebuilding, retooling or some combination? If they're content to let Harden go, as the rumours insist, wouldn't they need to bring a starting pitcher back?
(strupp from Madison)
Happy LD back atcha. Given the relative untradeability of some of the big-ticket contracts they have on the roster, the relative paucity of worthwhile prospects, and the absence of any great team in the division, it has to be a matter of re-tooling. As far as a starter, they might slum about a bit to find a functional veteran for their fourth or fifth man, but it isn't the rotation that needs fixing, it's being able to get better production out of Milton Bradley, Geovany Soto, and especially Alfonso Soriano. Sori needs to send thank-you notes to MB on a daily basis, because perhaps nobody else could keep a season so miserable off of the front page. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did you know that Alfonso Soriano is the member of the 40/40 club with the most home runs while acheiving this status and he is the only one who acheived this success without steroids?
(Bonds Fan from Bay Area)
How do you know? (Steven Goldman)
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Not that either the Cubs or Jays would do this, but who wins in an Alfonso Soriano for Vernon Wells trade?
(Mike from Niles, IL)
I'd take Soriano any day. His track record for performance - and for showing up for work - is much stronger than that of Wells. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Not that the Cubs of Jays would do this, but who comes out better in a Vernon Wells for Alfonso Soriano trade?
(Mike from Niles, IL)
Toronto. They're both signed through 2014, so it basically boils down to which guy I'd rather have. I guess I'd have to pick Soriano, but the picking gets made a gunpoint. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-06-03 15:00:00 (link to chat)Not a team related question, but one regarding individual players. How do you see these players ranking over the next five years: Lance Berkman, Vladimir Guerrero, Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Lee, Manny Ramirez. Thanks.
(Krams706 from Boston)
Wow, you named four 33-year-olds and a 37-year-old, and you want to know what their next five years look like? Sell now, because they're not going to be getting better, and in many cases -- I'm thinking Vlad and Lee, particularly -- I think the decline will be precipitous due to injuries and conditioning. If I had to pick one to own five years from now it would probably be Soriano because of his body type. PECOTA appears to agree, though it also puts in a good word for Berkman. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Melky Cabrera over Jacoby? That sounds similar to Rob Neyer's manifesto that Brad Wilkerson is better than Alfonso Soriano.
(sriramk1027 from SF)
Well, mine has the benefit that Cabrera has been the better player in every season of the two players' professional careers. Wilkerson had only been better than Soriano in most years at the time that comparison was made. (Joe Sheehan)
2005-03-21 19:30:00 (link to chat)In this humble reader's opinion, PECOTA is wildly overrating Alfonso Soriano for 2005. Is PECOTA still treating Soriano as a 27 year old in 2005, rather than a 29 year old? And why so much confidence in a rebound for him this season? I'd set the over/under on his 2005 EQA at about .275...
(Adam J. Morris from Houston, TX)
PECOTA's projecting a rise from:

.280/.324/.484
to
.301/.348/.538...meaning basically the entire difference is predicated on Soriano finding 20 more points in his batting average. Really? That's wildly overrating the guy.

Fast (I typed fat initially) players profile well in the PECOTA system, particularly when it comes to batting average. Combine that with power and a favorable home park (his adjusted weighted mean forecast is .290/.340/.519) and Soriano's great track record with the Yankees, and I think it's optimistic, but not unreasonable.

If the Rangers can ever, team-wide, solve the mysterious road hitting woes that continue to plague them, Rockies-style, Soriano could beat the projection set forth. (Jonah Keri)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-22 16:30:00World Series Game OneSteve - Torre benched Alfonso Soriano in Game Five of the 2003 World Series - and then gave him a glimpse of the future by bringing him in as a right fielder late in the game. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesIn many ways, locally, the Cubs have already picked their internal enemy, and it's Alfonso Soriano, who is booed lustily after he grounds out.

Message to Cubs fans -- silly hats don't help matters. (Kevin Goldstein)
 

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