Jul 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano (12) sits in the dugout in the tenth inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Alfonso Soriano About to Waive No-Trade Clause for Yankees, Will Probably Hurt #SFGiants in September


Alfonso Soriano was scratched from today’s lineup as a deal with the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs appears imminent. Last year, you may remember he expressed his thoughts on if he could see himself playing with the Giants last year were he to accept a trade to the eventual World Champs:

“I don’t think so, because San Francisco is not good weather to play,” Soriano said. “It’s on the West Coast, and I never played on the West Coast. But we’ll see what happens. I’ll see if they call and talk with my family to see. It’s not my call. So I want to talk with my family in case they call and see what happens.”

But it was your call, Alfonso. It really was. 

So instead of possibly being part of a magical run (who knows if Soriano’s presence helps or hurts the Giants in the playoffs in such a small sample format), Soriano will join the Yankees, a team he played with from 1999-2003, and whom are currently 3.0 games back of the second wild card spot. He just misses the chance to hurt the Giants at AT&T Park this weekend, and put up these numbers against the World Champs this season (more small sample theater):

Split GS PA R H 2B 3B HR SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip
San Francisco Giants 4 17 3 6 2 0 0 1 1 2 .375 .412 .500 .912 .429
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/25/2013.

I remember it being much worse, then again, I am known around my residence for being the most emotional human being here. I like to believe my cats are more emotional than I am, but I digress. Here’s what Soriano’s done against the Giants over the course of his career:

I Split G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG BAbip
San Francisco Giants 41 164 25 42 12 0 8 23 2 10 40 .278 .329 .517 .327
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/25/2013.

Still thought it’d be worse. Alfonso Soriano and his new teammates will welcome the Giants to Yankee Stadium in September from the 20th-22nd, and who knows what the Giants will even look like then.

I’m seeing plenty of Cubs bloggers wishing Soriano the very best going forward, and I certainly don’t hold grudges, otherwise why would I be writing this article out of fear Soriano single-handedly eliminates the Giants from playoff contention later in the last couple weeks of the season? But seriously, good luck, Soriano. Just don’t do well against the Giants, please.

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