Start the rumor mill – Alfonso Soriano traded to the San Francisco Giants is the latest rumor to hit the blocks despite the fact that the Giants are in the World Series. Sure Zito was left off the Giants’ playoff roster and is still owed $64 under his contract (which includes a buyout of $7 million for the 2014 MLB season), but that doesn’t mean that the Giants want to get rid of him. Overall, Zito went 9-14 with a 4.15 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 33 starts. But after a win on July 16th, Zito lost 10 of his last 11 decisions in 15 starts. Not a good trend at the end of the season as the innings piled up for Zito.
While health has always been an issue for Zito, as of late, the 32-year old has been relatively healthy with 180 innings pitched in 2008; 192 innings pitched in 2009 and 199 1/3 innings pitched in 2010. Not bad at all. He has only won 29 games during that span, but a change of scenery could help the lefty. He has started twice at Wrigley Field, going 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA. He has a 5.22 ERA in 40 starts against NL Central teams during his career.
Money-wise, it comes out fairly even — Soriano is owed $72 million over the next 4 years. But the key hold up could be the fact that each player holds a full no-trade clause. So it would take both players’ consent before any deal could get done.
I’m ready for Soriano to be gone. It would put to bed the idea of Tyler Colvin moving to 1st base and it would also encourage GM Jim Hendry to make a move to sign Adam Dunn this winter or start working on Tom Ricketts to get ready to open up his checkbook to sign either Adrian Gonzalez or Prince Fielder next off-season. But this just doesn’t seem like the right fit. I’m still convinced that Hendry should try his hardest to work the Yankees to take Soriano off the Cubs hands. The Yankees missed out on the World Series and they could use a designated hitter like Soriano who still has some pop left in his bat. Throw in $5 million a year for the Yankees to take Soriano without asking for too much back from the Yankees, and the Yankees would likely think a $12 million DH is a bargain. Soriano used to play for the Yankees too, so it’s clear he can handle the bright lights of the Big Apple…