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Cubs keeping “all options open” with Alfonso Soriano

Apr 1, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Alfonso Soriano AP

Now that Alfonso Soriano has “only” two more years remaining on his massive contract Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune asked Theo Epstein if that means he’s unlikely to be traded, but the Cubs president replied: “No, you have to leave all options open.”

Epstein was quick to note that Soriano now has the ability to veto any trade “so if he doesn’t want to go anywhere, he doesn’t have to.” However, he added that if a potential deal comes up the Cubs “will bring it to him” as a possibility for approval.

In other words, if Soriano has another decent season–he hit .262 with 32 homers and an .821 OPS last year–the Cubs will definitely be trying to cash him in for some value or at least clear some of his 2013-2014 money off the books.

  1. coryfor3 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Is this as opposed to closing off the possibility of ever considering a trade? I generally expect that all GM’s keep all possibilities open.

  2. vegagreenleaf - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    What options? Pay him to play for the Cubs or pay him to play for another team? The only option the Cubs have is to pay most or all of his grossly inflated contract.

    • shaggylocks - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Not at all. If they can get a more useful player, either for now or for the long term, it’d be worth paying Soriano to play for another team. His salary a sunk cost, and it’s a smart team that can recognize that.

      A really quick read from The New Yorker on the sunk-cost effect in sports, which uses the New York Giants and the Seattle Seahawks as examples: http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2013/01/21/130121ta_talk_surowiecki

  3. tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Theo has to get Soriano’s salary off the books so he can resume his true love of collecting light-hitting AAAA players.

    And desperately hoping to fall ass backwards into another David Ortiz (why does everyone forget that he also signed Jeremy Giambi that same year with the expectation of Giambi starting over Ortiz? I even remember talk about Jeremy batting leadoff….SMH)

    • 18thstreet - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Did Theo kill your dog or something?

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Poisoned my franchise.

  4. spudchukar - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    He will be even more attractive when he has one, or no more years left on his contract.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Holy cow, as I was reading this I was thinking – has he really been buried in Chicago for 5 years? Did he get 10/5 rights? I can’t believe he’s been a Cub for that long.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      If we could get him to play football for Chicago we could have headlines on how Soriano has grown from a Cub to a Bear.

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