November 19, 2006

Cubs sign Soriano!

The Cubs have agreed to a 8-year $136 million dollar deal with Alfonso Soriano.

When's the last time the Cubs have signed a marquee free agent? This is great news for the Cubs. Now, the only question is where he will play. Many people seem to think he'll be playing CF...but I still don't think that's a great idea, though it might be workable. A better idea would be for the Cubs to try to move Murton or Jones (hopefully Jones) and sticking Soriano in LF. The Cubs could then sign Roberts or some other veteran placeholder to mentor Felix Pie as he traditions to the major leagues in CF.

I still think the Cubs are going to make a trade for Westbrook (I'm thinking Eyre-Cedeno-AAAA pitcher as the package being dangled). Assuming that's the case, here's what the lineup looks like now.

CF Soriano
2B DeRosa
1B Lee
3B Ramirez
RF Jones
LF Murton
C Barrett

1 Zambrano
2 Westbrook
3 Hill
4 Free Agent (Likely Lilly or Meche)
5 Miller/Prior/Marshall

Dempster, Howry, Cotts, Ohman, Novoa, Wuertz, Wood

Bynum or (preferably) some veteran FA bench bat

CF Soriano