Alfonso Soriano as back-up first baseman?
Hardball Talk posted a link yesterday to a story by ESPN NY's Andrew Marchand, which quotes manager Joe Girardi as saying the Yankees "have kicked [the idea] around a little bit."
That's as bad as thinking about moving him back to second base. Alfonso Soriano is 37 years old and hasn't played in the infield regularly since 2004. That's 10 years. Yes, I realize he would be a back-up first baseman. But it still sounds like a bad idea.
As players age, so do their reflexes. The "rule," so to speak, is to move older players "back," from the infield to the outfield, since their reaction time decreases as they get older. The Yankees must know this. Soriano as back-up first baseman is not the answer.
Perhaps they don't know it. They didn't know enough to make sure their players got flu shots. Soriano missed the beginning of spring training because he was laid up with the flu until just a few days ago. Shouldn't paying millions in salaries make a team want to do everything they can to make sure their players stay on the field? Everything should include flu shots.
Soriano's fine now. He will stay fine as long as he stays at DH and plays the outfield every now and then. The Yankees need to keep him away from first base.