Warpigs wrote:There's a reason Steinbrenner was so willing to trade him. There was no hesitation when it came to the A-Rod deal. I know that A-Rod is superior, but Soriano's numbers should have made it a little harder for the Yanks to deal him. Soriano is someone who can get cold quickly and although he can help in several categories, he's not the consistent all-around threat of players like A-Rod and Beltran. The only thing that keeps Soriano high on many peoples' lists is his position. There aren't a lot of quality 2b out there -- and that does definitely increase Soriano's value. However, when you compare him to everyone across the board, I just can't rank him above my top five listed above.
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There is a good reason why Steinbrenner let Soriano go. 2 big ones, actually:
1. Soriano's postseason was still fresh in his mind.
2. Steinbrenner is always more infatuated with other people's stars rather than his own.
Soriano's 2B eligibility certainly helps increase his value but there's more to it. Everyone jumps on the 2B bandwagon but his numbers would make him a 1st rounder regardless. People love Beltran and rightly so but let's look at their averages over the last 3 full seasons for each:
That's pretty close. Even closer when you consider that Soriano's RBI totals should increase since he's in the middle of the lineup as compared to the top.