The Alfonso Soriano Decline

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Alfonso Soriano was supposed to be a big part of this year’s offense after his amazing performance following being traded to the Yankees last season. However, that has not been the case, as Soriano has fallen off a cliff along with New York’s offense.

Soriano has been abysmal this season, and there is no way around it. He has hit .235/.262/.408 with a .288 wOBA and a 77 wRC+. This is after hitting .248/.321/.513 with a .360 wOBA and a 126 wRC+ during the second half of last season. He carried the Yankees offense with little protection around him, but has been unable to help lift this year’s offense that is in desperate need of help.

Soriano was not expected to keep up with those numbers, but the fact that he is not even a useful player at all anymore comes as a surprise. He averaged a 109 wRC+ over the last three seasons, so this has been a huge fall for him.…

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