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Alfonso Soriano Tried His Best Yesterday To Make His Awful Contract Totally Worth It

It was kind of fitting that, after what seemed like the longest all-star break known to man, we were forced to wait an extra three hours and 40 minutes for baseball to resume Friday afternoon. Alfonso Soriano took advantage of the long pregame rain delay to transport his baseball-playing abilities back to about 2006.

Soriano hit two home runs, two doubles and drove in five during the game. He became the first Cub to post that exact line since the beginning of the Live Ball Era. The five RBIs tied a career high. He became the seventh Cub to record four extra-base hits in a multi-HR game. Aramis Ramirez did it twice. And Soriano became the eighth Cub — and the first player this year — to get four extra-base hits in his only four at-bats of a game. Plus, the Cubs got the win, 8-1.

So I guess that’s the good news.

The bad news is that the Cubs are still on the hook to pay a 36-year-old defensive liability with a full no-trade clause, whose speed and power have declined greatly with age, $54 million through 2014.

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