Here is an interesting player comparison. Can you tell which one is Alfonso Soriano?
Player A (2011-2013) 1837 PAs, .251 AVE, .300 OBP, 95 HRs, 282 RBIs
Player B (2011-2013) 1749 PAs, .254 AVE, .305 OBP, 92 HRs, 297 RBIs
Player C (2011-2013) 1611 PAs, .263 AVE, .319 OBP, 80 HRs, 253 RBIs
Fairly similar results over the last three seasons, no?
Player A is Mark Trumbo. Player B is Soriano. Player C is Nelson Cruz.
Trumbo, despite being an "outfielder" in name only, was just traded for two young starters. Rumors are that Cruz, despite his PED suspension, age and injury history will earn a 3 year deal in excess of $15M per season. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported rumors that Cruz turned down $75M from the Mariners.
Obviously Soriano is much older. But he's only owed $5M by the Yankees and despite his age, he's better at defense and fielding his position. He's also more charismatic.
Of course Soriano has a no trade clause and last season clearly stated his preference for pinstripes (Soriano has better taste as well). He's not going to be traded.
But if he was, given the value MLB executives are placing on right handed power hitters, what return might he yield? Although he is better than Trumbo right now, he's a decade older and so won't yield as high a return.
The Mariners are having trouble with players taking their money and are on a quest to add power. Wouldn't the Mariners consider Nick Franklin for Soriano?
The Rangers have considered giving Cruz a two year deal rather than accept the draft pick. They've just made trades for Garza, Rios and Fielder. With a hole in the outfield and a full rotation, might they part with Nick Tepesch and a relief arm?
I wouldn't make any of these trades if I was the other team. But I wouldn't be in such a hurry to throw money at Nelson Cruz either. I definitely wouldn't have traded a Skaggs and Eaton for Trumbo either.
It's too bad about the no trade clause, because it seems like Soriano is the outfielder the Yankees clearly should be trading.