Miggy offers to talk to Soriano.... in Orioles Talk Posted September 25, 2006 There are lots of ways we could spend $15M that would improve us as much or more than signing Soriano.Signing Soriano to a huge contract only makes sense if he's the piece to take us from a contender to a WS hopeful, or perhaps even from a .500 team to a legit playoff contender. Signing him to take us from a below .500 team to a slightly above .500 team is pointless, because by the time we'd get to be a contender, Soriano and his contract will be a hindrance. It would be acceptable to deal with 2 years and $30M for a .750 OPS LF if that same guy got us to the playoffs in his first 3 years, but I don't think thats likely. I'd spend money on guys that are shorter term gambles, like Burrell, who is only owed money for two more years. If we're going to give out long term contracts, it should be to younger guys - like Teixeira and Matsuzaka. That if you sign Soriano you do nothing else. Increasing the payroll to $100mil. would allow you to do more. Add some bullpen help and another 800+ OPS bat or two and your in business.