In 2009, Alfonso Soriano was one of the worst players in Major League Baseball. FanGraphs rated him worthy of 0.0 wins above replacement (an exact replica of the theoretical “replacement player”), the seventh-lowest mark among qualified position players. Baseball-Reference was even less charitable: Soriano was worth -1.8 wins. That, in case you were wondering, is not a good WAR. He was 33. His once-useful speed was negligible. His outfield defense was lackluster. His time as a productive player appeared just about over. It is remarkable, then, to consider the Yankees could improve their roster a full three years later by acquiring a player like Soriano. He is 37. He’s managed to sustain a dead cat bounce for three seasons now (.801 OPS, 114 OPS+). His output during this period peaked in 2012: He hit 32 homers and posted a 121 OPS+. And, with Curtis Granderson now lost until May, the Yankees need a corner outfielder. Soriano does make some sense. He hits right-handed. He’s played on this stage before. He showed he could still be a dependable presence in the lineup last season. But there are a few issues standing in the way: 1. Soriano has a full no-trade clause. He didn’t exactly sound thrilled with the idea of leaving the Cubs when asked about it today. From MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat: “I hope they don’t look that way because I feel comfortable here and I believe in this team,” Soriano said Sunday. “We have a better chance this year and I hope everybody stays healthy and we have a good April and we’ll see what happens.”
Should Yankees pursue Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano?
Newark Star-Ledger | Feb 25