October 25, 2006

Soriano would be nice

Steve Popper at North Jersey.com, writes about the Mets and what Alfanso Soriano would mean to them:

Add more offense

You say why? The Mets already boasted an American League line up with a 1-to-8 that didn't have a weak spot. So the Mets may not need a 40-40 man, but then again, why not?

Randolph loves Alfonso Soriano, having taught him to play second base with the Yankees. Now Soriano spent a year in the outfield -- against his will at the start. The two positions he plays -- second base and left field happen to be two spots that the Mets have vacancies with Jose Valentin and Cliff Floyd free agents. As a free agent, he will command a big price tag and the Mets should pay it.

Batting leadoff most of the year for the mediocre Washington Nationals, Soriano, who will turn 31 this winter, hit .277 with 46 homers and 95 RBI, stealing 41 bases, too. He's hit 187 home runs over the past five seasons and hit .293 with 12 homers in 167 at-bats against left-handers -- filling a blank in the Mets' lineup. Defensively, he led the majors in outfield assists with 22.

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