Breaking News: Chisox Close to Acquiring Soriano

According to ESPN, the Chicago White Sox are extremely close to trading for the Washington National’s Alfonso Soriano. Chicago would send Brandon McCarthy to Washington as part of the deal. What this means for the Yanks and Sox is that the AL wildcard just got a lot harder to win. Say what you will about Soriano’s lack of patience at the plate, the guy has power and speed. If the trade goes down, the Chisox line-up will have  four monster power hitters. Will this move force the Yanks’ hand to pursue Abreu even stronger? What about the Red Sox? Will they go more aggressively for an impact pitcher such as Jason Schmidt?

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  • My feeling (just that, completely unsupported by anything) is that Yanks weren’t really banking on Soriano to begin with. And that’s probably for the best…You can’t go home again. Also, isn’t McCarthy like the best pitching prospect that WS have? I’m not sure that trading that away and getting stuck with Vasquez and Garcia for the stretch run is such a great thing, either. Unless they plan to swing a trade for a starting pitcher, I don’t see how this move really benefits them in the long run. Plus, it’s not like WS were having trouble scoring runs before!

    yankeemonkey July 24, 2006, 4:31 pm
  • it’s not a long-term move. It’s a move for a world series run, and I think it makes sense for them to do it. Getting stuck with Vazquez and Garcia as your 4th and 5th starters isn’t the worst thing in the world (I’m pretty sure the Yanks and Sox would go for those guys over who they have now), and scoring more even more runs ensures that there pitching problems are less of an issue.

    Nick-YF July 24, 2006, 4:34 pm
  • “Say what you will about Soriano’s lack of patience at the plate”

    The scary thing is that he is making it more difficult to use that knock on him anymore. He already has more walks this year than in any other season in his career.

    Anonymous July 24, 2006, 4:39 pm
  • Last comment was me.. sorry.

    attackgerbil July 24, 2006, 4:39 pm
  • Ahh yes, Nick. But what happened to “good pitching beats good hitting”?

    yankeemonkey July 24, 2006, 4:49 pm
  • I believe in the adage more in its application to the post-season. This move makes the White Sox stronger in their push to get to the post-season.

    Nick-YF July 24, 2006, 4:54 pm
  • I think this is a bad move. I think Jim Bowden has dirty pictures of all the other GMs – first the Reds deal, and now this.
    Do the WS have problems scoring runs, or is it their starting pitching that’s been (relatively) letting them down? Um, well, they lead the big leagues in runs scored and home runs! They are (spookily) 15th in the bigs in runs batting ave against and ERA and 21st in runs allowed (ie, nine teams have allowed fewer runs).
    It is seriously uncool to trade a 23 year-old starter who you may need if/when Garland or Vasquez finally give up the ghost for a two month rental of a guy you really don’t need. Bad, bad move by Kenny if this turns out to be true.

    Sam July 24, 2006, 5:08 pm
  • At least Ozzie might send a message that when he says plunk a guy, plunk him, because that’s truly the cause of the Sox problems, not that Garland, Garcia, and Vazquez have ERAs hovering around 5.
    Then again, the thought of facing a 1-6 that goes something like Posednik, Soriano, Thome, Konerko, Dye, Pierzynski is a waking nightmare.

    attackgerbil July 24, 2006, 6:35 pm
  • The White Sox are doing this to keep the Tigers from getting Soriano. But I’m, not sure this addresses a need. Where do you bat him in the order?

    I'm Bill McNeal July 24, 2006, 6:52 pm

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