Alfons-O Sorian-O..?

July 11, 2010 | John West

How many more years do we have to continue to trade players for prospects?

Why can’t we do that AND acquire a proven player whose team is trying to dump salary?  I am not suggesting that we try this, I think I am demanding it.  And I know just what to do.

First, make the trades.  We all know the names….Paterson, Wiggington, Caesar, Tejada and Millwood are all finishing up contracts.  Scott and Guthrie each have longer contract terms, but are still eminently trade-able.  By July 30, half of these players need to be gone.

The big change that I want to see is for the Orioles (Andy McPhail) to take advantage of teams that are looking to dump good players with outrageous contracts.  At the top of that list should be our future left fielder and number 4 hitter in the line-up………Alfonso Soriano of the Cubs.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Cubs are looking to dump salary and are willing and prepared to eat some of the contract in order to get the job done.  Andy has close ties with the Cubs.  This should be very easy.  What do the numbers look like?

First, the salary.  Soriano is due $18 million for the next 4 years.  That $72 million over the next 4 years.  What if the Cubs could pick up $5 million a year.  That would be equivalent to the Orioles signing Soriano to a 4 year, $52 million dollar contract.  Lets all be honest, even if that would be the highest contract offered to Soriano, we all know he wouldn’t take it.  It is not easy to just “Buy the Bats”  Given a choice, they will not come hear.  So we have to trade for them.  Also, given this scenario, I don’t think we would have to trade much.  This would just be a flat salary dump by the Cubs.

What are his offensive numbers?  A quick averaging of the 08, 09, and 10 season are as follows: .265 ave, 26 HR, 24 doubles, and 71 RBI’s.

And that’s for a National League club, in a tough hitting ballpark, and not DH’ing every once in a while.  He is 34 years old and I have read that he is good to real good in a clubhouse.  When he was in his mid-20′s, he was a rock star.  He might be able to give counsel and friendship to a younger version of himself, Adam Jones.  And Adam Jones NEEDS that.

It isn’t the perfect move or the one move that puts us over the top.  In the off-season, they need to sign a bat to play first and a bat to DH and play first.  Something like a Victor Martinez and Lance Berkman.

We have to do something big.  Next year’s team cannot be Pie/Reimold in left, Bell at third, unknown current AAA player at SS, and Rhyne Hughes at first.

On July 8, 1988, the Baltimore Orioles were 26-59

On July 8, 2010, the Baltimore Orioles are   26-59

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