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11/20/2006 3:17 PM ET
Cubs agree to eight-year deal with Alfonso Soriano
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The Chicago Cubs today announced that the club has agreed to an eight-year deal with five-time All-Star Alfonso Soriano.

Soriano, 30, batted .277 with 46 home runs, 95 RBI and 41 stolen bases for the Washington Nationals in 2006. He recorded a National League-best 22 outfield assists, making him the first player in Major League history with 40 homers, 40 stolen bases and 20 outfield assists in a single season. The right-handed hitter added 41 doubles, making him the first player in MLB history to reach at least 40 doubles, 40 home runs and 40 steals in a single campaign.

Last season, Soriano's 46 long balls ranked third in the NL. He was ranked in the NL top-10 in a number of other categories, including: first in extra-base hits (89), second in total bases (362), tied for fifth in runs (119), tied for sixth in both games played (159) and at-bats (647) and sixth in stolen bases (41). Soriano's numbers led to his third straight Louisville Silver Slugger Award. It was his fourth overall, as he also earned the honor in 2002 and 2004-2005.

A career .280 hitter (1,091-for-3,902), Soriano has belted 208 home runs with 560 RBI in 961 Major League games for the New York Yankees (1999-2003), Texas Rangers (2004-2005) and Washington Nationals (2006). Since 2001 - his first full season in the Majors - Soriano is the only player in the Majors to rank in the top-10 in both total home runs (ninth with 205) and stolen bases (fifth with 208).

An accomplished base stealer, Soriano has swiped 210 bases and been caught stealing just 60 times in his Major League career, good for a 77.8-percent success ratio. From 2003-2005, Soriano was successful on 83 of 98 stolen base attempts (84.7-percent), including 30 stolen bases in 32 attempts with the Rangers in 2005.

Soriano has appeared in 38 postseason games, all with the New York Yankees from 2001-2003. The Dominican Republic native played with New York in the 2001 and 2003 World Series. The 2004 All-Star Game MVP, Soriano has appeared in each of the last five Mid-Summer Classics.

Prior to reaching the Majors in 1999, Soriano played in Japan and made his Japanese Major League debut in a nine-game run with the Hiroshima Carp in 1997. He signed with the Yankees on Sept. 29, 1998.

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