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Alfonso Soriano, unlike Aramis Ramirez, won’t block trade from Cubs

Jul 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Aramis Ramirez has reportedly informed the Cubs that he’d likely use the no-trade clause in his contract to block any deal, but Alfonso Soriano indicated yesterday that he wouldn’t stand in the way of a trade.

Of course, according to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com Soriano didn’t even realize he had a no-trade clause in his contract when the subject was first broached by reporters, so he probably hasn’t thought about the situation a whole lot.

Soriano is 35 years old and still owed $18 million in 2012, 2013, and 2014 as part of the eight-year, $136 million deal Chicago foolishly gave him in November of 2006, so the odds of the Cubs being able to move that contract are slim unless they’re willing to eat a significant percentage of the remaining money.

For his part Soriano told Mooney that he’d like to remain in Chicago, and with a .294 on-base percentage and .744 OPS contenders presumably won’t be beating down the Cubs’ door to make a play for him. On the other hand, this offseason the Blue Jays were able to convince the Angels to take Vernon Wells‘ deal off their hands, so anything is possible.

  1. spindervish - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    I thought A-Ram’s situation involved his 10-5 rights, not a no-trade clause.

    • jwbiii - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:43 AM

      And the small detail of his $16M club option being guaranteed if he is traded. . .

    • flapjack3285 - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      Correct, he had a no-trade clause until his 10-5 rights kicked in, but they’re pretty much the same thing.

      jwbiii has a point, money seems to get those to go away.

  2. 18thstreet - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Why do players ask for no-trade clauses? I don’t get it.

    • bleedgreen - Jul 20, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      So that they can control where they go. If you have a complete no-trade clause, they can’t trade you to Kansas City unless you really want to go. In which case, you waive it. If you DON’T have a no-trade clause, they can send you wherever, whenever they want. Don’t like the new manager and can’t stand him? Well you can essentially act up as much as you want and they can’t do anything but release you if you don’t let them.

  3. thumbsjohnson - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Would Soriano rate as a great player over his entire career? Or just a good?

    • flapjack3285 - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      Just good. He had a lot of power and speed when he was younger, but he gave a lot back with poor plate discipline and bad fielding.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Is he trying out for the new Spider Man movie?

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