The Chicago Cubs might be paying almost $18 million of Alfonso Soriano's salary when he plays against them on Tuesday night as a member of the New York Yankees, but president Theo Epstein believes the July trade has benefited both teams.
Mention Alfonso Soriano's name to Starlin Castro, and the Cubs shortstop immediately smiles. When Castro was called up to the Cubs in May 2010 at the age of 20, Soriano, then in his fourth year with the team and 12th in the big leagues, welcomed the infielder into his Chicago home.
Dropping Soriano now would be a big overreaction to a bad first week. Soriano hits big and misses big; a really ugly week is nothing to be surprised over. Could it be the beginning of the end for him? Sure, it might be. - Alex McCrum
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