By adding Soriano, expectations rise for Cubs
With his combination of both power and speed, expect Alfonso Soriano to provide an offensive jolt to the Cubs' lineup in '07.
Forget -- if it's possible -- the enormous contract given by the Chicago Cubs to Alfonso Soriano. Don't think about what kind of player Soriano is going to be at age 38, in the final years of his seven-year deal with the Cubs.
Because that's not the issue.
Instead, think about the impact Soriano can have on the Cubs in the next few seasons.
Soriano is a marvelous offensive player, who can deliver both power and speed, as his recent performance suggests. Over his last two seasons, he's ...
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Hot Stove Heaters
Leading up to when pitchers and catchers begin reporting to their respective camps, ESPN.com offers a Hot Stove Heaters series on the 25 hottest topics in baseball. Follow along as we get you ready for the start of spring training.
• Jan. 11: Ballpark
• Jan. 12: Future new city for an MLB team
• Jan. 15: Rookie likely to begin '07 in majors
• Jan. 16: Prospect likely to start '07 in minors
• Jan. 17: Offseason pitcher acquisition
• Jan. 18: Offseason position-player acquisition
• Jan. 19: Future new commissioner
• Jan. 22: General manager
• Jan. 23: Manager
• Jan. 24: Division
• Jan. 25: Team
• Jan. 26: Farm system
• Jan. 29: Debate
• Jan. 30: Innovation
• Jan. 31: Trend
• Feb. 1: Milestone
• Feb. 2: Statistic
• Feb. 5: Story
• Feb. 6: Rumor
• Feb. 7: Everyday lineup
• Feb. 8: Infield
• Feb. 9: Outfield
• Feb. 12: Rotation
• Feb. 13: Bullpen
• Feb. 14: Overall player