Okay, I'll bite. What would be so horrible about having a perennial All-Star around?
Easy, Jimbo. I just asked a frickin' question. You hate for the man -- I get it. That's fine -- go ahead and vote for someone else on your all star ballot.
But um... yeah. Perennial All-Star. As in the last five years. And Rookie of the Year in the only year he wasn't an All-Star.
2001: .268, 18, 73 ---- ROY
2002: .300, 39, 102 --- All Star
2003: .290, 38, 91 -----All Star
2004: .280, 28, 91 -----All Star, MVP
2005: .268, 36, 104 ----All Star
2006: .277, 46, 95 -----All Star
Hardly seems fair to suggest he's an all star due simply to "popularity". I'd say he's put up some impressive offensive numbers throughout his career. I know the Tigers are good, but I gotta believe they could find a spot in the lineup to plug in those numbers -- even if it means sacrificing defense. I don't see how he's any more likely to be a clubhouse cancer than Sheffield, but I obviously don't know them as well as you do.
Shefield is more of a cancer (malcontent player) than Soriano. Good luck with Shefield... 38 years old with bad temper and had problems in LA, Atlanta, NY... his reputation is quite a history--- more than Soriano.
Except, sheff is good defensively, (Not at 1st) although he will probably be a DH for the majority of the year.
As for being a Cancer, he was not a cancer in Flordia and Leyland and Dombrowski have a great relationship with him, I don't expect him to be a mal content like he has been with other teams.
IF Soriano could play BETTER than any of the curent Tigers in the field it would be different, but in the field I would take our current defense over him.
btw, If Shef is going to DH, then I would imagine that Thames would, probably be gone as well as Casey (we already expected him to be gone as much as I liked him, I've liked him since he came to the Reds quite awhile ago.).
Defensivly ??? You kidding right ???Soriano maybe not the most brilliant player defensively but certainly can make up for his defense with his bat.... Your current outfielders (except Ordonez) are not the same category as Soriano...
http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006611120439Ten years ago, when both were with the Marlins, Sheffield told reporters that Dombrowski was a liar, after learning he might be traded.
Defensivly ??? You kidding right ???
I would take Craig Monroe over Soriano ANYDAY. Craig's got an above average arm too,
Granderson is an up and coming player in CF, he was a rookie this year, covers the HUGE Centerfield in Comerica better than anyone to this day.
Soriano would never dive for a ball... period
So I guess they aren't interested in Casey.
Only a madman will give up quality pitching for Texiera. Wasn't his number in decline from last year?
He hit .282, 33 HRs, 110 Rbi, OBP .371, Slg .514 and a solid fielder, a two time Gold Glover
Still don't give up quality pitching, at least that much, Bonderman could be here a long time.