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Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 195 lb. Born: January 7, 1976 in San Pedro de Macoris, San Pedro de Macoris, D.R.
High School: San Pedro de Marcoris (San Pedro de Marcoris, DO) (All Transactions) Contract Status: Signed thru 2014, Signed 8 year/$136 million deal with Chicago Cubs prior to 2007 season.
Alfonso Soriano began his professional baseball career in Japan with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in 1997. After training for most of the season, he debuted with the big club and went 2-for-17 in 9 games. Following a very controversial offseason due to his contract status in Japan and his desire to play in MLB, Soriano was granted free agency in MLB and signed with the New York Yankees. After nearly two years in the Yankees farm chain, Soriano made his ML debut on September 14, 1999. He became the Yankees everyday 2nd baseman in 2001 and in 2002 and led the AL in plate appearances (741), runs (128), hits (209) and stolen bases (41). In his final season with the Yankees in 2003, Soriano became the last player to hit a World Series home run at the old Yankee Stadium. Following that season, he was part of one of the most significant trades in baseball history, going to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Alex Rodriguez. After two solid .800-plus OPS seasons with the Rangers, he was traded to the Washington Nationals in exchange for RHP Armando Galarraga and outfielders Brad Wilkerson and Terrmel Sledge. Following an initial unwillingness to move to left field, Soriano enjoyed the best statistical season of his career. In addition to his .911 OPS and a 5.7 WAR, he became the first 40/40/40 man in the history of Major League Baseball with 46 home runs, 41 stolen bases and 41 doubles. He became the most sought after position player free agent heading into the 2007 season. The Cubs found themselves in a bidding war for his services with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Philadelphia Phillies, among others. According to several miCubs sources, Soriano had a 7 year offer on the table from the Angels. His representatives told the Cubs that if they went to 8 years, he wouldn't even re-negotiate with anyone else and would instantly agree with the Cubs. The Tribune Co., knowing it would be selling the franchise and wouldn't be responsible for most of the bill, agreed to the stipulation. As a result, the Cubs signed baseball's biggest free agent in 2007 to an 8 year, $136 million contract, the richest in franchise history. Although he didn't quite live up to his 2006 stats, particularly in the stolen base department, Soriano put up two impressive seasons for the Cubs in '07 and '08. The lack of living up to expectations, stand-out defensive miscues and a 3-for-28 (all singles) performance in the '07 and '08 postseasons, he became one of the "booing" centers of attention for Cubs fans. He did still record consecutive near-.900 OPS seasons, and his defensive advanced statistics showed he was a shade better as an outfielder than most fans would suspect. The 2009 season, however, was his worst full season in MLB as his OPS dipped to .726 with a -0.9 WAR. He was just marginally better in 2010 before getting off to a red hot start in 2011, leading the Majors in homers during the month of April. Overall on the season, Soriano finished with a .244/.289/.469/.759 line with 26 homers and 88 RBI. As of right now, he's penciled in as the Cubs starting left fielder for 2012.
Awards: AL All-Star 2002, 2003, 2004 (MVP), 2005. NL All-Star 2006, 2007, 2008. Silver Slugger Winner 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006.