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Alfonso Soriano talks trade possibility, retirement

Oct 3, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

Alfonso Soriano AP

Alfonso Soriano pulled off quite the rebound this season, hitting .262/.322/.499 with 32 homers and 108 RBI. Still, he’s not sure about his future with the Cubs and he’s weighing retirement once his contract ends,’s Patrick Mooney reports.

“It depends how long,” Soriano said when asked if he wants to stay with the Cubs. “If they want to rebuild for next year, I’ll be here. But if they want to take longer than two years, then they have to think about moving me out to another team that can win quickly. I have two more years on the contract and maybe I retire after that. I just want to have one more shot to go to the World Series before I retire.”

Soriano could have had that shot this year, but he said he wasn’t going to waive his no-trade clause when the Giants showed interest in him. He’s believed to prefer the East Coast if traded.

Soriano is still owed another $36 million, and while he seemed rejuvenated this year, there’s no way the Cubs could move him without eating a portion of what he’s owed. It’s something they are willing to do, though. Given the lack of quality corner outfielders available in free agency, there might be a couple of teams interested in taking a chance on Soriano come December or January.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    “Given the lack of quality corner outfielders available in free agency…”?

    Isn’t Soriano a major contributor to that issue? He’s a lousy defender and while he did bounce back nicely, he’s nowhere near the threat us used to be offensively.

    • meteor32 - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      He’s not a contributor for 2 reasons. First, he’s not a free agent. Second, his defense this year has been markedly better to the point that he is no longer a defensive liability in the outfield.

  2. deadeyedesign23 - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    They tried to trade him to a team that is going to win its division by about 10 games and he blocked it soooo if that’s what he wanted he could have had it.

  3. natstowngreg - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    He was in the East, with the 2006 Nats. He chose to take the money, and the Nats chose to take the 2 2007 Amateur Draft picks. They were criticized at the time for not trading him. Seems fair to see what they got for letting Alfonso go.

    With the 31st overall pick, the Nats took a promising high school lefty named Josh Smoker. Though still only 23, he hasn’t progressed as hoped. In 6 minor league seasons, he hasn’t made AA ball. In 2012, he pitched 9.2 innings at three levels, the highest being A+ (Potomac of the Carolina League).

    With the 67th overall pick, the Nats took some kid from a rather obscure college in Wisconsin. He was so obscure, they couldn’t spell his name right; kept putting an extra “n” on it. Took a while to find out what happened to that kid Jordan Zimmermann. Not good; only a 2.94 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 195.2 innings.

    • channingtaintum - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      UW-SP! Formally known as the home to former NBA all-star/coach Terry Porter, now home to Porter and Zimmerman(n). Wishing him and the Nats all the best in the coming weeks!

      • Uncle Charlie - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM

        Where the fuck does this post mention the Nationals or the NBA you twat?

      • channingtaintum - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        Was just giving a little love to my old school and our former star pitcher.

        What a prick.

        I hope Soriano’s on the Cubs for the next 5 years, just so you’re even MORE miserable.

  4. Uncle Charlie - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Hmm, piss off you overpaid diva comes to mind. Too bad he pulled a Dempster this year. I would love to see Sorry and his hacktastic low and away slider swings in a different uniform.

    • pisano - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      Uncle Charlie…. I like your style, reminds me of the old pisan’s in the neighborhood when I was a kid. Great times, great old timers.

    • mikecubbie69 - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      How did he pull a Dempster? He REJECTED a trade! Unless you are so ignorant you refuse to read actual news, Dempster ACCEPTED a trade and is no longer a Cub! More like Soriano pulled a Ramirez where a guy was too blind to accept a trade to a team in contention. Try doing your homework before you make stupid comments!

  5. Marty - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    The fact that he outright refused a trade to the contending Giants tells me he wants to do the least amount of work for the most amount of money, so fook him. Stay with the cubbies.

  6. smcgaels1997 - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Yeah you really want a shot at a WS..but decline a Giants trade….what a moron

  7. gmsingh - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Clearly the Cubbies need to get rid of Soriano if they want to hit their target of losing 120 games next year. The real question is whether or not Theo Epstein has pulled off the biggest scam in the history of baseball.

    • mikecubbie69 - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      They really need to ban Sox trolls from this message board! Only a Sox fan could make a comment that retarded!

      • gmsingh - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        I’m a fan of all Chicago teams. I don’t understand why it is necessary for Theo Epstein to put one of the worst teams in Cubs history as part of his “rebuilding process”. If you understand how the hell that works I’m all ears.

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