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Alfonso Soriano isn’t interested in replacing Melky Cabrera

Aug 15, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

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Alfonso Soriano made it known before the trade deadline that he wasn’t interested in a trade to the Giants. Asked again today about the possibility of a move to San Francisco in light of Melky Cabrera‘s regular season-ending suspension, Soriano replied “I don’t think so,” CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports.

Soriano has cleared waivers, just as everyone knew he would. However, with full no-trade protection, he still controls his destiny in Chicago. The Cubs would be agreeable to paying a hefty portion of the approx. $42 million he’s due through 2014 in order to send him elsewhere, but finding a team that both wants him and that Soriano would be willing to go to has proven to difficult so far.

The Giants could certainly use him, given that they’re currently staring down a future with Gregor Blanco and maybe some Xavier Nady, Justin Christian or Marco Scutaro in left field. Soriano has hit .264/.319/.490 with 21 homers and 71 RBI for the Cubs this year. His totals would rank first on the Giants in homers and second behind Buster Posey in RBI.

Alas, it’s probably not meant to be.

  1. afirst916 - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    I don’t think anyone in San Francisco wants this guy in a Giants uniform…

  2. 49ersgiants4life - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Thank god I hate the way Soriano plays no defense and an arrogant attitude

    • Ben Cerow - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      His defense has actually been much better this season. I have to give him credit where credit is due, he’s worked extremely hard on his defensive game and it shows. And by all accounts, everyone loves him in the clubhouse.

  3. fat4jc - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Perhaps Bonds is available? #bittergiantsfan

  4. ray0414 - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    tigers will take him as a DH!!! delmon young can go bye bye!

  5. ray0414 - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    assuming of course the tigers dont gotta pay most of his salary, putting him on a winning team like the tigers and with the leadership they have, i think soriano can have a better attitude.

  6. andrewwaskow - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    As a Cubs’ fan, I have great respect for Soriano. Nobody plays harder or works harder on the entire team. His defense is VASTLY improved this season. He has yet to commit an error, his range factors and other defensive metrics are all at or above average, and he takes much better routes to balls. Working with Dave McKay has proven to be huge for his defense. And he is still productive. He’s over 20 HR and 70 RBI already. The only reason he isn’t going to SF is because he has 10/5 rights and doesn’t want to go. He was nearly dealt before the deadline, and he said no. He doesn’t figure to be part of the future, so I understand dealing him and eating a lot of his contract, but he is productive and is not the liability he has been defensively since he broke into the bigs with NYY

    • 78mu - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      He’s still going to underperform his contract in a huge way.

      Hendry was feeling extra extra generous when Soriano signed with the Cubs.

      • henryd3rd - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        And where is Hendry now?

  7. andrewwaskow - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Sori wasn’t a Henry signing. He was a product of the Tribune Co. trying to win right away and drive up the cost of the team. They didn’t care about overpaying…they weren’t going to be around to pay it out

  8. castillo_ken - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    No one in San Francisco wants this guy because he isn’t using steroids.

  9. uclafightfightfight - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    The Giants are such a terrible baseball franchise. I don’t blame even a third tier outfielder for not wanting to settle with going there.

    • zzjohn - Aug 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      What an idiotic thing to post. And WHO ARE YOU? Certainly with your user name, just the kind of thug that Bryan Stow met while at a Dodger game. Crawl back in your pig sty and wallow in the mud.

    • henryd3rd - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      Spoken like a true Red Sox fan!

  10. socal9er - Aug 17, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    uclafightfightfight | Aug 16, 2012, 11:57 AM PDT
    The Giants are such a terrible baseball franchise. I don’t blame even a third tier outfielder for not wanting to settle with going there.


    You’re an idiot. One of best cities in world, won a title this Millinium. More than you’re paper tiger dredgers can say that only made playoffs with juiced up Manny.

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