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.

Originally Published: January 18, 2007
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

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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