blankman wrote: I completely disagree. Soriano can hit .280. Big friggin deal. Cano's hitting .289 as we speak.
You're a Yankees fan, so I'll give you the Wang argument (although Wang as your best SP is a scary thought
), but you are incorrect on the Cano argument.
There is no way in h*ll Cano is hitting 40 HR's plus stealing 25+ bags as well, like Soriano can. Plus, .280 and .289 are reasonably close. But Soriano can do so many more thing offensively and that can definately help the Yanks this year more than Cano. If the Yanks need that clutch HR or need a SB to get a runner in scoring position, Soriano is the man to do it (over Cano). For this year atleast, Soriano is more productive offensively that Cano by a decent amount.
Maybe I should have re-phrased the last sentance to saying if the Yanks are going to make the playoffs and come up with a strong push, Soriano would definately help. They need a spark.
This isn't fantasy baseball buddy.
And for a clutch HR or SB? Soriano'd strike out on a pitch 10 feet out of the zone I'm sure of it.
The trade was never Cano for Soriano, and that's how you are treating it. So don't go calling me wrong about something that's not even the trade.
year Soriano should produce more than Cano alone, but would it really turn the team around? Absolutely not, because the trade is also taking away the team's best starter this year other than Mussina. They'd have only 3 healthy pitchers and obviously guys like Henn can't cut it in the Majors. It's a guarnteed loss 2 out of 5 games with the rotation destroyed like that and the top 3 have enough problems of their own already.
You have to also look to the future and having another highly paid guy that's 30 or close to it isn't helping things. Cano and Wang are 22 and 25 and make next to nothing. In 8 years, Soriano will probably be retired, but Cano and Wang will still be producing at 30 and 33 years old.
Youth, pitching and defense are the problems on this team. And trading Cano and Wang for Soriano only makes the team older and the pitching and defense worse.
And btw, Cano's hitting .296 now