Soriano hoping for repeat of last season's power surgeEven with big-name acquisitions, Soriano still a key piece in Yankees' lineup
Background: Alfonso Soriano is a 38-year old Dominican outfielder that was traded to the Yankees last season from the Chicago Cubs. Soriano began his career with the Yankees in 1999 but was eventually traded to Texas in the deal that sent Alex Rodriguez to New York. He has 406 career home runs and 288 stolen bases, and joined the elite 40-40 club (40 home runs, 40 stolen bases) in 2006 with the Washington Nationals.
2013 Season: Soriano had a great season in 2013, specifically after he was traded to New York. In just 219 at bats with the Yankees, Soriano hit 17 home runs and drove in 50 runs. Combined with both teams, Soriano hit .255 with 34 home runs, 101 RBI's and 18 stolen bases.
Greatest Strength: Soriano, despite his age, has had a slight resurgence in his career in terms of driving in runs. He drove in 108 in 2012 and 101 in 2013. Previously, Soriano hadn't had over 100 RBI since 2005. Especially on a 2014 Yankee team that will have a lot of power in the lineup, look for Soriano to keep the streak going and drive in plenty of runs this season.
Greatest Weakness: Will Soriano hold up? At 38-years old, his age is certainly a question mark. Although he had his best year in a long time in 2013, Soriano joins the list of players on this Yankees team that is set to have a big year…but only if they can stay healthy.
Prediction: Soriano figures to DH plenty and spell Carlos Beltran about twice a week in right field. In such a deep lineup, it's very possible that pitchers will spend time worrying about Ellsbury, Teixeira, and Beltran and not Soriano-something he could benefit from. Look for Soriano to have another big year: .250, 28 HR, 87 RBI.