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Alfonso Soriano says he would accept a trade to “six or seven” teams

Feb 18, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

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Alfonso Soriano wasn’t shy last season in saying that he would veto a potential trade to the eventual World Series champion Giants, but he hasn’t ruled out accepting a trade elsewhere.

According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Soriano said today that he has given the Cubs a list of “six or seven” teams where he’d be willing to be dealt assuming the club falls out of the race. The veteran outfielder is only willing to go somewhere where he’d feel “comfortable,” so each team on the list is from the “east” or the “center” of the country.

Soriano’s full no-trade clause might not even be the biggest obstacle in a potential deal, as he is still owed $36 million over the next two seasons. The Cubs would almost certainly have to pick up a significant portion of the tab in order to make a deal feasible.

Soriano, 37, batted .262/.322/.499 with 32 home runs, 108 RBI and an .821 OPS in 151 games last season.

  1. smcgaels1997 - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    What a moron, he said SF was too cold? Really you play in Chicago. Yet the non trade for Soriano was the best move SF did last year

    • Glenn - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Mark Twain said (probably apocryphal), “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”.

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        Yeah…good point Glenn. But I question if Mr. Twain ever spent a winter in Chicago.

      • robertnaipo - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        Mark Twain never played Baseball…

    • joerymi - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Last I checked, they don’t play ball in winter.

  2. volcom2143 - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Phillies

    • illadelphiasphinest - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Last thing the Phillies need is another 36yo who is a defensive liability.

      • dondada10 - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        Check out Soriano’s defensive stats the past two years. He’s no longer a liablity.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        If the Cubs were willing to pick up half the salary, I can’t see how that is not an upgrade/stop gap until the day Darren Ruf is Major League ready

  3. baseballisboring - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    This is why you don’t give out no-trade clauses. Despite the fact that he’s coming off a .262/.322/.499 year with 32 bombs (nothin’ special for a left fielder, but that’d be a nice line for a DH) they’ll be lucky if one of the six or seven teams he’s willing to go to is interested. He’s at least still producing in terms of power, and while he’s not a good defender, he isn’t completely immobile like, say, Travis Hafner. I would think if they ate most of the $36 million they’d actually be able to get something of value for him. But the NTC limits that prospect severely.

    • 18thstreet - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      I’m pretty sure he’s reached the 10-5 stage of his career. Doesn’t matter if the Cubs gave him a no-trade clause or not — he’d have one by now.

      • baseballisboring - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        oops…

  4. 6stn - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Mark Twain also said, “The guy strikes out too often.”

    • bigharold - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:04 AM

      Priceless!

  5. Mark - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    The question is, are there 6 or 7 teams that would even accept a trade for Soriano?

    • albertmn - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      If the Cubs ate most of the contract, didn’t ask for too much back, and Soriano was willing to DH (at least the majority of the time), I bet there would easily be that many clubs interested. But, if the Cubs have to eat most of the contract and don’t get much in return, why trade him?

  6. teotorick - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    If the Cubs are eating the contract, then there is no point in trading for nothing. Soriano is not a negative in the clubhouse, he worked hard to improve his fielding, 108 RBI’s, and there is no immediate replacement waiting to play. He has a history of when hot he can carry a team and the Cubs, whose pitching is not that bad, certainly needs a bat in the transistion period. He’s not worth the money he will be getting, but he is certainly is not one of the cases of paying to move a negative.

  7. robertnaipo - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    This guy is full of BS… In an article on MLB.com he adamantly stated that he wanted to win a World Series with the Cubbies and now he does a 360 and says all of this trade stuff?? Way to go Soriano, keep contradicting yourself in the media and nice way to endear yourself with Cubs fans…

    • amishhitman - Feb 19, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Actually that would be a 180. If he did a 360 he would be back at saying he wanted to only remain a cub and win a world series.

  8. krenshaws - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Give him a break, would any of you want to up and move after be planted in the same community for years. The Cubs signed him to that contract, he is doing them a favor by allowing a trade to the teams he would like to play for.

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