• Just Say Sori-Ahhhhh-NO!

    Posted by on March 22nd, 2006 · Comments (5)

    From Newsday

    Alfonso Soriano’s dream is to return to the Yankees, where he had his greatest glory, people familiar with his situation said yesterday. But while Soriano’s days with the Nationals appear to be dwindling, his chances to move to either the Yankees or Mets appear remote.

    Soriano’s interest in the Yankees is so high that one person familiar with his situation said he’d probably be willing to play the outfield for them, or possibly DH. But the Yankees, who have rising star Robinson Cano at second base, are stacked offensively. One high-ranking Yankees person said Soriano “doesn’t fit” when asked about him late Monday night.

    According to one person close to him, Soriano has kept his north Jersey condo in hopes of returning to play in New York.

    The return of Raul Mondesi Jr.?

    No thanks. Pass.

    And, don’t look back.

    Comments on Just Say Sori-Ahhhhh-NO!

    1. Shaun P.
      March 22nd, 2006 | 10:14 am

      Agreed. I loved him when he was on the Yanks, but after the ’03 Serious – no way.

      My 3 month old daughter could get him out if she could throw a slider low and away.

    2. Nick from Washington Heights
      March 22nd, 2006 | 10:27 am

      I’m going to play devil’s advocate on this one (but, really I think I agree with you guys), but might Soriano be very useful to the Yanks as a super-utility player? He could play right and let Sheff sit, back up Cano at 2nd, give Hideki time off in left. It sounds as if he’d be willing to be flexible to return to the Yanks, and it’s not as if his contract goes past this year. Isn’t he a much better option coming off the bench than what we have?

    3. March 22nd, 2006 | 10:35 am

      I’m not sure I buy the “willing to be flexible” line. If he was ready to sit out of a spring training game, how happy would he ultimately be as a super-utility player, even if he wants to return to the Yankees? I think that his attitude sends up a big red flag. I loved him with the Yanks and I miss his energy and his pop, but I don’t miss watching him flail at pitches out of the zone and I definitely don’t want a player who won’t do what his team needs him to do.

    4. hopbitters
      March 22nd, 2006 | 11:28 am

      I really thought Soriano had the potential to be a great player when he came up, but even when he was still with the Yankees, it was already becoming apparent that he’d rather watch highlights of himself than improve his game. He’s only gotten worse. You can put some blame on the previous GMs/managers who let him get away with it, but it mostly falls on his own shoulders. I honestly hope that he spends the whole season, unpaid, on the bench, but I suspect somebody will bend over to cater to him. And even if he agreed to play OF for the Nationals, I’d bench him for a month for not taking the field. It just might do him some good.

      As for the Yankees, they don’t need him. If he learns to play for a reason other than to get on SportsCenter, maybe, but until then, I’d rather have Crosby/Cairo trying to help the team with what talent they have than Sori whose talent gets wasted on his ego.

    5. Raf
      March 22nd, 2006 | 11:58 am

      I wouldn’t mind having him back, but there’s no place to play him. The OF is booked, as is the IF.

      The Mets are looking for a 2b, maybe he can play there?

      Soriano won’t get a whole lot of AB’s as a super sub, and I would think in a contract year, he would want to play full-time.

      I’m not really concerned about the attitude, as F. Robinson said himself, he’s not the first player to refuse a positional move, and he has every right to. Has everyone forgotten that 2b is the latest position he has moved to, having played SS & 3B? The latest headache could’ve been avoided if the Nationals had talked to him before trading for him. Soriano’s desire to remain a 2b wasn’t exactly secret.

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