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Report: Soriano signs 8-year deal with Cubs
2006-11-19 12:22
by Bob Timmermann

ESPN 1000, a Chicago radio station, is reporting that Alfonso Soriano is going to sign an 8-year, $136 million deal with the Chicago Cubs.

Update - reports that the total sum of the contract is $135 million, not $136 million.

2006-11-19 12:39:05
1.   alex 7
3. Lee
4. Ramirez
5. Soriano

at least that part looks good on paper.

2006-11-19 13:17:37
2.   Ali Nagib
Oh my. I'm in that strange, nebulous region somewhere between laughter and vomiting.
2006-11-19 13:47:59
3.   dzzrtRatt
I guess this means more layoffs at the LA Times.
2006-11-19 14:00:25
4.   Greg Brock
2 I belive that's called "New Jersey"
2006-11-19 14:00:43
5.   Greg Brock
Spelling is overrated.
2006-11-19 15:10:36
6.   cubsrule2007
Yeah it was the best move the cubs could of ever done but the problem this will cause is the cardinals are going after carlos lee but the cubs now need some really good pitchers
2006-11-19 16:24:34
7.   Voxter
I said this over on Cub Town, but I think the length of this deal makes it a catastrophe. Soriano is 30, just set a career high OBP of .351, and has never before been as good as he was in 2006. Expecting to maintain that level of play for the next few years -- let alone until the year 2014 -- is foolish, but this contract seems to imply that the Cubs think it will play out that way.

As recently as 2005, Soriano's OBP was a completely unacceptable .309, and there is absolutely no reason to believe that last season reflected his true level of talent. He'll be a fourth outfielder by the fifth or sixth year of this deal, and the Cubs will still be paying him to start.

2006-11-19 16:45:57
8.   ABreck
This will bury them for at least 5 years. More hacktastic hitting. At least the pitchers don't have to worry about staying loose between innings.
I can't believe how incompetent they look.
Every move has been the wrong one...
Not that I'm bitter.
2006-11-19 17:04:28
9.   dianagramr
Mayber he can alternate with DeRosa at 2B/LF ....
2006-11-19 17:30:09
10.   Yu-Hsing Chen
This is so going to suck.
2006-11-19 17:53:05
11.   Suffering Bruin
Update - reports that the total sum of the contract is $135 million, not $136 million.

Well, in that case, it makes perfect sense. :)

2006-11-19 17:54:25
12.   Bob Timmermann
Just think how much that extra million bucks will gain interest over eight years for the Cubs!
2006-11-19 19:27:21
13.   Tom Meagher
1. The last contract that seemed this ridiculous was Magglio Ordonez.

2. The Tigers just made the World Series.

Ergo, bet heavily on Chicago breaking its WS drought by the 100th anniversary of their last world championship.


2006-11-20 13:10:08
14.   Kayaker7
If I could just hit one homerun off my shoe tops, I'd be making some bank.

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