GM Jed Hoyer made it pretty clear that Alfonso Soriano is the Cubs starting left fielder heading into the 2012 MLB campaign. Boo!!!
The Cubs GM was on with ESPN Radio 1000′s Carmen, Jurko and Harry show on Thursday afternoon and made the following statement: “I think that’s unlikely [that Soriano would be on another team at the start of the season]. Our hope certainly… I know Soriano’s been working really hard this offseason … our hope is obviously you want him to get on base a little more. The power was there last year, the RBI’s were there. Obviously it really comes down to defense and we’re hoping with some better conditioning and some better health, that he can be a little better out there.”
That is not what I wanted to hear. On the other hand, with no other real power threat in the lineup, having Soriano in there might not be that bad of an option (assuming he can stay healthy).