The last couple months have been quite eventful for the Yankees (to say the least). Mariano Rivera retired, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson left as free agents, Alex Rodriguez might be suspended for the entire season and Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury will be wearing pinstripes in 2014. Other than that, it’s been pretty quiet in the Big Apple:)
To help you sort through all of this activity, here is a link to my breakdown of the Yankees lineup. I will add A-Rod once his situation becomes more clear, so be on the lookout for that. For a preview of my player profiles, here is what I have to say about Alfonso Soriano:
Soriano has proved to be a solid value at the backend of his 8 year contract. He has played very well over the last 2 seasons (66 HR’s with 109 RBI). Last year, his speed even returned for the first time since 2008. He was absolutely electric in his 219 at bats with the Yankees (17 HR’s and 50 RBI). Over the last 3 months of last season, Alfonso had 25 HR’s with 66 RBI. His K rate (24.9%) has been at the high point of his career over the last 2 years. His walk rate (5.8%) has been short during his entire major league career. Soriano is in the last year of his contract. He has hit 20+ HR’s in his last 12 seasons. Alfonso may not be the elite player he once was with the Yankees earlier in his career, but he still has plenty of pop in his bat. New York will have 3 quality hitters hitting in front of him, so he should have plenty of RBI chances. His batting average died in 2009 and it hasn’t been an asset over the last 5 seasons. Solid source of power, but his draft value will be a lot higher this year after 2 straight 30 HR seasons.
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