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Sveum certain he'll see a Soriano turnaround

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08:10 AM ET 04.25 | Alfonso Soriano isn't hitting well, and he's worse so far this season with runners on base, which is a bad combination for holding his spot in the order. [Soriano] is hitting .200 with no extra base hits in the Cubs' first 17 games, batting mainly in the clean-up spot. Manager Dale Sveum inserted Soriano into the No. 5 hole on Tuesday between Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart, but doesn't plan on dropping him any lower in the order. "I think he's still the threat," Sveum said. "I'm not going to move him down anytime soon, that's for sure. ... When all is said and done he'll end up with his 25-30 home runs and we'll all look back at this and laugh at it." Soriano is hitting .182 against right-handers, and .158 with runners in scoring position.

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April 25, 2012  08:38 AM ET

He seems to hit just fine when hitting balls to Tyler Greene. lol

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April 25, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Soriano still thinks it's Spring Training!!!!!

April 25, 2012  09:33 AM ET

I don't see the Cubs making any kind of a turnaround until they are rid of this load.

April 25, 2012  09:51 AM ET

I gotta agree with The Bishop. If they're serious about house-cleaning, Soriano has got to go, even if the Cubs (inevitably) swallow a good portion of his obscene contract. If he DOES get his stroke back, perhaps an AL team in need of a DH could use him ...

April 25, 2012  10:01 AM ET

This week starring at the Improv.. Dale Sjwelkj, wait Dale Svmwlekjkljmn, ok Dale Svmeweus... Dale's so funny that even his last name is good for joke (and that this time, that might be the only thing he's good for).

April 25, 2012  10:17 AM ET

How many years left on his contract?

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April 25, 2012  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I gotta agree with The Bishop. If they're serious about house-cleaning, Soriano has got to go, even if the Cubs (inevitably) swallow a good portion of his obscene contract. If he DOES get his stroke back, perhaps an AL team in need of a DH could use him ...

What good is he as a DH if he isn't hitting?

April 25, 2012  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

How many years left on his contract?

$18 million a yr through 2014 with a no trade clause.

April 25, 2012  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

$18 million a yr through 2014 with a no trade clause.

In the immortal word of my Mets Fan friend, who is euphemisticly called Mr. love, "They're Pluked"

April 25, 2012  02:14 PM ET

Sveum likes Marmol as his closer, too. The Cubbies just keep getting funnier.

April 25, 2012  06:37 PM ET

yep. when it's all said and done he'll have his 25 homeruns......along with 150 strikeouts, an obp below .300 and a ton of errors in left. anyone who watches soriano play regularly knows the dude does far more harm than good. that was true 5 yrs ago, let alone now.

April 25, 2012  07:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Sveum likes Marmol as his closer, too. The Cubbies just keep getting funnier.

Ja hey der, without the Cubbies you would have no reason to exist. You're pretty funny too, but not in a comedic way, more of a gender bending mode.

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April 26, 2012  04:18 AM ET

When the Yankees got rid of him everybody thought they were crazy

 
May 20, 2012  09:20 PM ET

Why did the Stankees think that Sorryano had something left? Nobody else did, Maybe they should buy a clue.

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