Friday, April 16, 2010

Hold on here people...Soriano is not going to be released.

Alfonso Soriano is not going to be least not any time soon.

 Relax...he isn't going anywhere.

Everyone is getting all worked up today from a story on ESPN by Rob Neyer, where he said that there is a 50/50 chance that Soriano will be released by the Cubs.

Yes...I agree with that ...and I'd go so far as to say that there is close to a 100% chance that Soriano will not finish his 8 year contract in a Cubs uniform.

But, including this season, with $90 million and 5 years left on his contract, Alfonso Soriano is not going anywhere this year.  And he isn't going anywhere next year either.

I know it is painful, and we can wish all we want, but that is the truth. 

Neyer states all this in his story...but unfortunately, it's easy to post an incomplete headline that only says 1/2 the information.  Nothing Neyer says should be shocking to any Cubs fans with any bit of knowledge. 

As Neyer says in his story, there aren't a whole lot of really bad contracts left out there...meaning the Cubs are not likely to find a partner to swap bad contracts with like they did with Milton Bradley.  A huge number of the bad contracts have gone away now as teams have become considerably more cautious with long term deals.

It's easy to get worked up about all this with Soriano playing so poorly right now. The Cubs are not going to release him...and no team is going to trade for him with that much time left on the contract.  It doesn't matter how much we want to twist words from a national writer into something we hope would happen...reality is far from that.

And all the misleading titles to blogs and posts (of which I did here as well) isn't going to change anything or make us feel any better. 

Cub fans...we are stuck with this guy for quite a while yet.  We're going to have to deal with it.