There's been a lot of hand-wringing in Cubville about where exactly the highest paid Cub should be batting on an everyday basis. Of course, he probably wouldn't have been the highest paid Cubbie had he not been labeled a lead-off man and filled a role on the team that the organization has had trouble filling over the years. Early on, Lou decided that Alfonso Soriano will move down in the order. A move met by most fans with applauds, as visions of runners circling the bases danced through their heads with every Soriano extra-base hit. When you look at his line of 33 home runs last year and only 70 RBI's, you understand how that looks like a problem.
It didn't take Lou long though to change his mind but the question remains, where is the best place for Soriano to bat? And if he does get moved back down in the order, will the resultant batting order shuffling actually help the team? Undoubtedly Soriano's personal RBI totals will rise, but will the teams overall run production increase? Because, while it's certainly reasonable to expect Soriano to drive in 100 if he bats in the five spot all year, how much more production is that over the Cubs other options?