The ball was jumping Friday at Wrigley Field and, as frequently has been the case, Alfonso Soriano was doing damage.

Soriano crushed a 90-mph fastball from Lance Lynn over left fielder Matt Holliday's head in the third inning. The ball crashed against the ivy and then rattled around at Holliday's feet, prompting third-base coach Pat Listach to wave home Anthony Rizzo.

There was nothing remarkable about the sequence, really. Nor, since it happened for the 40-58 Cubs, anything significant. But it's worth thinking what would happen if you put a hitter like Soriano with a team that badly needs some more hitting.

The Rays are one such team. The Athletics are another. And believe it or not, the Tigers are on this list as well.

Nobody has asked me to broker a Soriano trade, but the least I can do is make a suggestion.

There apparently is a belief run-producers grow on trees, and that you can find a designated hitter on every street corner. But that's not true — just ask the Mariners.

Soriano could be making a difference. He should be making a difference, actually.

The Rays need Soriano, and while President Theo Epstein's focus has seemed to be on Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza, the hope is Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer can convince Andrew Friedman that he can do better — a whole lot better — than just adding Ryan Roberts to play third while crossing his fingers that Evan Longoria can stay healthy as a DH until moving to third a month from now.