The Cubs are not in a good spot right now. Their offense has been terrible. Ryan Theriot has the best batting average on the team with .282. Supposed leadoff man Alfonso Soriano is hitting .095 in the last 7 days. I think that no matter if the Cubs turn it around a bit or not, I think the Cubs have some pieces that they can sell as we approach the trade deadline.
The biggest of the sell candidates is Alfonso Soriano. He started hot this season, but for the last month or so he’s been non-existent at the plate and in the field. It seems like he’s totally disinterested in playing baseball. The whole team has struggled at the dish, but leading off every game with one out is a pretty big handicap. He can’t hit the low slider from the right handed pitchers. And now everyone is throwing him that. He can’t lay off. I think before he proves he’s totally finished, the Cubs should ship him off to some team who thinks he’s the answer to their left field needs. Someone who needs a bat in their outfield to help them make the push to the post-season. Right now I think that the Los Angeles Angels might be the best fit for him. He could give them some pop and maybe even bring a little bit of speed to their line-up. I think it’ll have to be a bigger market team to absorb some of his salary.
I actually don’t care too much where he goes. And I think it would be fine if the Cubs paid most, if not all of the rest of his salary this year and some percentage of it for the duration of the contract. I think that Jake Fox or Micah Hoffpauir could fill-in in the field and give a little more consistency at the plate. I’d like to see the Cubs get a handful of prospects for him.