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Alfonso Soriano: “I don’t want to be on this team if they don’t want me here”

Jul 9, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Alfonso Soriano AP

Alfonso Soriano is finally showing some signs of life lately, going 16-for-42 (.381) with six homers and four doubles in the last 10 games to bring his overall numbers toward respectability.

And since the Cubs have been looking to trade him for years now the subject is once again being talked about in Chicago, where Patrick Mooney of reports that Soriano is willing to waive his no-trade clause if a contender comes calling.

Or as Soriano phrased it:

I don’t want to be on this team if they don’t want me here. It’s kind of hard and selfish to think [that way]. If they want me to stay here, I’m going to stay here. But if they don’t want me to, the door is open.

Soriano added that it would have to be a “contender” for him to consider the move, but of course non-contenders aren’t going to trade for a 37-year-old left fielder with a .750 OPS owed another $9 million or so for this season and $18 million for next season. And to get any contenders interested the Cubs would no doubt have to eat a significant portion of that remaining money.

Soriano is hitting .263 with a .289 on-base percentage and .459 slugging percentage in 82 games overall, offering good power (13 homers, 22 doubles) and horrendous plate discipline (77 strikeouts, 10 walks).

  1. hittfamily - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    .289 OPB. Oof. I doubt he’ll have to worry about waving that no trade clause.

  2. @Cereal_22 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    You’re still not trading away that pathetic contract Cubs fans. Unfortunately for you the Dodgers OF is full & doesn’t have the room to bail you out like they did the Red Sox last year.

    • Jeff M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      That’s funny, “the Dodgers OF is full” is actually the first thought I had, too.

    • ptk1680 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Like a team wouldn’t want him if the Cubs pay most of it!

  3. senioreditor2 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    The Giants wanted him last year and he said NO. Quit crying and attempt to earn the ridiculous amount of money the Cubs agreed to pay you.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Is he really crying? Seems like he was asked a question, and he gave an honest, thoughtful answer.

      • paperlions - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        It was also an obviously disingenuous answer. The Cubs didn’t want him last year and tried to trade him to a contender, who happened to win the WS, and he shot it down. Obviously, whether or not the Cubs want him there really has no bearing on any decision he makes.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        This is of course assuming the way he thinks about a potential trade now is exactly the same as it was a year ago. I don’t find it so difficult to believe that he could have a change of heart between now and then.

    • blackandbluedivision - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      I think you’re confusing his laughing so hard he’s eyes are watering with crying.

    • ptk1680 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      He didn’t want to go there, and had the right to turn it down. It’s not as easy as people think to just up and move. He has a family, a house.

      • ptk1680 - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM

        Love the thumbs downs. Why don’t you people try packing up moving across the country, find a new house for you and 6 kids. Finding them new schools, you people realize its not just him that it affects in life right?

  4. fat4jc - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Soriano turned down the Giants last year, and he wants to talk contender? I’m glad the Giants didn’t get him, Blanco was instrumental in that WS.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Maybe he’s reconsidered his decision. It’s been known to happen.

  5. blackandbluedivision - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Cubs are a joke.

  6. sickcub - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Has to go down as one of the worst deals in history-he was overpaid from day one.

    • ptk1680 - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Yeah he was coming off an awful season, only had 40+ steals, Hr’s, doubles, and 20 outfield assists.Everyone should have predicted he would have knee,quad, and hamstring problems.

    • bobohh - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      A rod is worst contract in all of sports

  7. rcali - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Wow, you think he would be a little nicer to a team that has been grossly overpaying him for a lot of years now.

    • thinkfirstthenspeak - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      The nicest thing he could do for them at this point is waive the no trade clause.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Two people signed that contract, and only one of them is responsible for Soriano being overpaid. It’s not fair to blame a player for being paid more than his worth.

  8. tuberippin - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    “Soriano is … offering good power (13 homers, 22 doubles) and horrendous plate discipline (77 strikeouts, 10 walks).”

    So pretty much what he’s done his whole career then.

  9. soberlyf - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Say What? He hit 32 dingers, 33 doubles and 108 ribs at 37 on a crappy team last season…he earned his paycheck. His K rate is the lowest of his career, about 20% for a power hitter, a .270 BA, Dunn hits about .215 and K-rate around 33%, no one calls for his head…

  10. don444 - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Soriano is a guy who actually has better career stats that I suspect many realize, but his comment is rather odd given the simple reality that the Cubs would have loved to have gotten out from under his unwieldy contract as far back as 2009.

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