blast00 wrote:can anyone give their reasoning as to why they believe Soriano is toast now??
btw- still, what is WHIR
I am somewhat joking in my response, given that I predicted an awful 2006 for Soriano and took a lot of well-deserved heat for that bad prediction, but I think the points I made at the beginning of 2006 are still reasonable:
Until 2006, Soriano had shown a steady downward trend in BA and OPS, without any significant improvement in patience. This occurred despite moving to good hitter's park during that time period, suggesting the actual decline in performance was even steeper than the one shown by the numbers. Furthermore, after age 30, speed starts to decline dramatically, which would further reduce Soriano's value.
So, I still think you can make a legit case that Soriano's age 30+ seasons could be a real disappointment, with a low average and less power coupled with a significant decline in SBs to boot. Couple that with a move to the OF, rather than playing him at 2B and that's the reason for the toast comment.