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Hey, look: Alfonso Soriano is hitting again

May 30, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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Alfonso Soriano‘s huge contract and disappointing production already made him the target of Cubs fans’ scorn, so when he got off to a slow start this season that only increased along with the perception that his presence was playing a part in top prospect Anthony Rizzo remaining in the minors.

But a funny thing happened on the way to Soriano being washed up: He started hitting again.

Soriano had a .200 batting average, zero extra-base hits, and a measly .420 OPS on April 23, but in 29 games since then he’s hit .306 with seven homers, nine doubles, and a .923 OPS.

Soriano might have already been a goner if not for the fact that the Cubs are paying him $18 million this season and owe him the same salaries in 2013 and 2014, but whatever the reason for his remaining Chicago’s everyday left fielder the story surrounding his hitting ability at age 36 has changed dramatically.

There’s still no chance of the Cubs finding a taker for the rest of Soriano’s contract, but at least he’s not just “the guy holding back Rizzo” any longer. For now, anyway.

  1. illcomm - May 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    the lighter bat is making all the difference

  2. southpaw2k - May 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    I was wondering just how long the Cubs had him under contract. I was beginning to think it was a 20-year deal considering how long he’s been in Chicago now.

  3. jimbroney - May 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Well that makes up for the last 5 years.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    He’s as streaky as streaky gets. He’ll go hitless for a month soon enough.

  5. dorbs345 - May 30, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Just trade horrible contracts with Seattle, Figgins for Soriano. Maybe they just need a change of scenery!

  6. dorbs345 - May 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Just trade horrible contracts with Seattle, Figgins for Soriano. Maybe they just need a change of scenery! As a Seattle fan I’d take Soriano!

    • ezthinking - May 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      Figgins isn’t even capable of a hot streak. Release the guy, Seattle. Chicago wouldn’t touch Fig with a fig branch. Plus the Cubs front office has been burned by the former Angel in Lackey, no way they go down that road again. If LAA doesn’t want the one of their FA, no one should.

      • dorbs345 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        Well I just want him off the team, it’s clearly money that was spent and wasted. Cut him and move on!

  7. koufaxmitzvah - May 30, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    A .420 OPS may be low. Or it may be Hiiiiigh.

    Let’s eat pie!

  8. highwaymen27 - May 30, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Increasing his Trade Value!

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Lots of older guys need a little help lifting their bat. Glad to see Fonsie still doing his thing

  10. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 30, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Holy Crap, Soriano just walked in a run! Now I know something is up.

    Who are you, and what have you done with our Alfonso Soriano?!?!?

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