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Alfonso Soriano sits, not traded yet

Jul 24, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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The Alfonso Soriano Hug Watch is on, but while the aging slugger isn’t in the Cubs lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Diamondbacks, it was simply a scheduled day off, according to CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney.

The Cubs have newcomer Junior Lake filling in for Soriano in left field tonight. Lake had been playing center field the last few days, but David DeJesus came off the disabled list today and has reclaimed his old position. Dave Sappelt was sent down to make room for DeJesus.

Soriano was rumored to be headed back to the Bronx with the Yankees on Monday night, but it appears the New York Post jumped the gun there, and even if a trade does get agreed to, Soriano hasn’t committed to waiving his no-trade clause.

“If they get something close, I want to have time to think about it,” Soriano said Tuesday. “But now there’s nothing to think about.”

  1. jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    He sounds like a guy jockeying for an extension. Good luck with that,

    • dickclydesdale - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:19 AM

      was that an f-bomb at 1:18?
      Looks like Fonz wants to stay in Chicago where theres no pressure. Just like he did last yr.

  2. mscott4 - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    What? Where in that does it sound like Soriano jockeying for an extension? It sounded to me like a guy who doesn’t want to talk to the media about a trade until he has approved the trade. Until then I think he wants to go about his business of playing baseball for the Chicago Cubs.

    • jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      He’s talking to the media in the video.

      I didn’t mean it as a negative. Just as Hoyer knows he can ask for more with the Yankees being so desperate for RH power, so does Soriano and his agent. It defies credibility to think he doesn’t know right now whether or not he’d go to the Yankees.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Yeah, I can’t imagine he is so divorced from reality that he thinks an extension as part of a trade is a possibility. He’s Alfonso Soriano, not Prince.

      • jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        I’m probably jaded. It was the first thing that popped into my head when he was talking about thinking about it later.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    I still don’t know what he does for the Yankees. Both Amonte and Zoile are superior left fielders- and if Granderson gets back- then what do you do with him? They need a third baseman with pop- not an outfielder with questionable defensive skills.

    • Reflex - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      What third baseman with pop is available?

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:28 PM

        I don’t know- but even if one is not, does that mean you should go out and get a poor defensive left fielder instead? Besides that he has a little more power, I don’t see how he really helps. Kevin Long might love him because he’ll go up hacking away at every pitch and occasionally hit one out, but in the great scheme of things- this trade makes very little sense for the Yankees.

  4. 13arod - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    mscott4 the cubs and yanks are still discussing on how will the yanks trade to the cubs

  5. 13arod - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    deathmonkey41 zile got hurt

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Is he out the rest of the season?

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        BTW- I mean to say Amonte and Mesa. Duh.

  6. thehollar - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    DID GARZA HUG SORIANO? THIS MEANS SOMETHING. #HUGS #HUGWATCH

  7. nmrdr795 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Yay cashman gonna dign another over the hill big name to do nothing for us. Biggest bust for the yankees is brian cashman. Give a monkey 200 mil and he does a better job

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