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Postby G-Man » Sat Jul 26, 2003 12:56 pm

Soriano pitched four scoreless innings vs the Rangers yesterday (got the save)....does he have a chance of sliding into Seattle's rotation this season? Is he worth taking a chance on? He has been pretty hyped for quite a while so it seems like the mariners would like to get a look at him.
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Postby Misterous » Sat Jul 26, 2003 1:07 pm

this is purely speculation but maybe soriano will get a look if the m's deal garcia. maybe a mariners fan can provide more insight. if you have a free roster spot, he might be worth a gamble, but i wouldnt put too much hope into it. as a soriano owner in a keeper league, i would love him to be annointed the future closer.
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Postby rjforlife » Sat Jul 26, 2003 3:13 pm

i too have him in a keeper and have been watching his era hover around 2 all year wondering...hoping....he would either get into the closer role or see some starts as it could potentially make his value skyrocket if he succeeds
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Postby rjforlife » Sat Jul 26, 2003 3:16 pm

i too have him in a keeper and have been watching his era hover around 2 all year wondering...hoping....he would either get into the closer role or see some starts as it could potentially make his value skyrocket if he succeeds
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Postby G-Man » Sat Jul 26, 2003 3:28 pm

this is from ESPN Insider:

NEWS: July 26
SKINNY: Soriano overwhelmed the Rangers over the last four innings Friday, allowing only two hits and striking out a half-dozen.

SPIN: He consistently threw 96-97 mph and located the ball well.
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Postby G-Man » Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:02 pm

do we have any m's fans or fantasy gurus that care to contribute? i have yet to see this kid pitch but if he is fireballin at 97 mph and rollin over texas for 4 innings, the kid has got to be for real. will he crack the rotation or are the mariners grooming him for short relief/closing?
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Postby HOOTIE » Sat Jul 26, 2003 11:36 pm

Soriano has good life on his fastball. He was demoted because he doesnt have enough pitches, so by the 5th inning he was toast. If Garcia goes, Soriano could get the spot. As far as the future closer, they are grooming Aaron Taylor for that. Scouts do however think Sorianos better suited for pen, because of his lack of pitches. On days he cant spot and blow his fastball by guys, hes hittable.
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Postby BobbyRoberto » Sun Jul 27, 2003 2:39 am

I'm skeptical that the veteran-laden M's would ever turn to the 23-year-old Soriano as a starting pitcher in the middle of a pennant race battle with the A's. The don't do things like that. Last year, they picked up Ismael Valdes for their pennant drive, after slogging through the first part of the season with James Baldwin. Using a young pitcher like Soriano would be too much of a risk for Bob Melvin, who generally goes by the book in every managerial decision he ever makes. Soriano is one to keep an eye on for the future, but not this year.
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Postby DINO » Sun Jul 27, 2003 10:04 am

Is he a good grab for an RP spot for this year?
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Postby G-Man » Sun Jul 27, 2003 10:20 am

thanks hootie and bobby, great insight. ;-D
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