Can Jaramillo save Soriano?

Cubs Focus on Fundamentals

Chicago Cubs hitting coach, Rudy Jaramillo from Spring Training.

When the Chicago Cubs inked Alfonso Soriano to an eight-year, $136 million contract in November 2006, many people were concerned that Chicago was paying a lot for a player who was already 30 years old. Not many, GM Jim Hendry presumably among them, expected Soriano's numbers to nosedive halfway through the deal.

But that's what happened, with Soriano hitting .241/.303/.423 with 20 homers for the Cubs last season. To help salvage their big investment (as well as the rest of the Cubs' offense), the club hired former Texas Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. But how much can one coach do?

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