...and I'm not talking Alfonso Ribeiro, cousin Carlton on The Fresh Prince. No, I'm talking about the other Alfonso. ESPN and FoxSports is reporting Alfonso Soriano has signed an 8-year, $136 million dollar contract with the Chicago Cubs.
My math sucks, but that is about $17 mil per year. Okay, that is fine. But 8 years is a butt-load of years, especially given this assessment from ESPNInsider Keith Law, "Soriano will turn 31 in January, so he's close to the end of his peak offensive years, and it's hard to ignore his .316 OBP in the previous two seasons."
The Cubs have been some greedy little pimps this offseason. They are snatching up all the good "tricks." A-Ram, A-Sor, K-Wood...even M-DeRos. I bet Jim Hendry walks around the Winter Meetings with Lil Jon-esque pimp cup...
Given the contract data, it's pretty safe to say the Phils were never really in this race for Soriano. I can't picture a GM who disposed of Abreu and his "overwhelming," "crippling" salary for some magic beans shelling out 8 year worth of major cash for this guy. Never gonna happen.
In the end, this isn't that bad for the Phils. The didn't hinder their future with a potentiallyl debilatating contract. The Mets didn't get him. They still have money for pitching, which is what they need anyway.
Hey, it's the offseason, I'm going to mix it up a little.
The Good - 1) UNC goes to 3-0 with 53 point beating of Gardner-Webb (apparently only Webb showed up for the game) 2) LaSalle wins their opener versus mighty Mt. St. Mary's
The Bad - 1) The Eagles vs. the Titans 2) The Packers vs. the Patriots
The Ugly - 1) Favre injured shoulder 2) McNabb injured knee