Soriano Open to Trade if Cubs Get Off to a Bad Start

Alfonso Soriano addressed his status with the Cubs on Monday at Fitch Park. Soriano reiterated that he would like to stay and win with the Cubs but if the team gets off to a bad start he would be open to a trade. Soriano would like to win and he does not think he has much more than two years left in his career.

According to multiple reports, his agent and the Cubs have an understanding that there are six or seven teams that Soriano would approve a trade. Reports during the off-season suggested that Soriano would waive his no-trade clause for a team on the East Coast and those reports were confirmed Monday when Soriano indicated the teams he would agree to be traded to are located in the East or Central divisions of both leagues.

Alfonso Soriano has two years and $36 million remaining on the eight-year, $136 million contract he signed with the Cubs in November of 2006. Soriano invoked his no-trade rights last year and rejected a trade to the San Francisco Giants.

Jed Hoyer said that the Cubs and Soriano’s agent, Pat Rooney, have had really good dialogue. Hoyer added that Soriano has been very honest with the team and the Cubs have discussed possible destinations with him.

Alfonso Soriano told David Kaplan that he signed with the Cubs over other teams because he wanted to win a World Series with the Cubs … and that the money is not the reason he plays the game.

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