Monday, November 20, 2006

Soriano Gets Fifth-Richest Contract Ever

From ABC

NEW YORK Nov 20, 2006 (AP)— Alfonso Soriano is thinking about a World Series title, something the Chicago Cubs have never brought to Wrigley Field.

Soriano's $136 million, eight-year contract was announced Monday by the Cubs after he passed a physical, the fifth-highest contract in baseball history and the first of eight years or more since Scott Rolen's deal with St. Louis in September 2002.

"It's a big contract, but that's not my goal," Soriano said. "My goal is to play hard and give you a championship for the city. That's my goal. It's not about the contract."

Chicago, which gave third baseman Aramis Ramirez a $75 million, five-year deal, hasn't won the World Series since 1908, when it played at the second West Side Park. In hopes of winning a championship, the Cubs are moving to the top level of baseball spenders, joining the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

That's a lot of dough for a guy that strikes out a lot. The Cubs are in a very winnable division, however, so they should go for it. Now all they need are three more starting pitchers.



Luke Cage said...

Luv, that is alot of money, but he is going to feast on the Green Ivy in that ballpark. He just got about 10-15 more homers when they play home games, but this doesn't make them contenders. They'll just be a team that can score about 100 runs a game, with a pitching core that will continually give up 101. And that's that!

Michelle Pessoa said...

It seems there's no pitching to be had. I wonder if they're going to get in on the Zito sweepstakes?