Soriano Wouldn’t Say No to a Trade to the Yankees, Will Decide Soon About Waiving No-Trade

The Cubs and Yankees are discussing a trade that would send Alfonso Soriano back to the Bronx. Alfonso Soriano gave the Cubs a list of teams he would approve a trade to during a meeting with Theo Epstein and Dale Sveum on Tuesday night, and the Yankees were on the list.

Alfonso Soriano met with the media prior to Wednesday’s game and said that he has spoken with his family about a possible trade and received their support to do what he feel is best. Soriano said he would like to finish his career with the Cubs but also wants another shot at winning a World Series and he realizes the Cubs are a few years away from contending.

Alfonso Soriano said he would accept a trade to the Yankees. And the Sun-Times reported it could take a day or two to finalize a trade that would send Soriano to the Yankees.

Theo Epstein addressed the situation prior to Wednesday’s game and said there would not be any official notice to the club before tomorrow (Thursday) at the earliest as to whether Soriano will accept a trade or not. Soriano asked the Cubs for a couple of days and he will let the team know at that point if he will accept a trade or not. Epstein said once Soriano makes his decision, it is up to them if they want to more forward and finalize a deal.

Alfonso Soriano was told other teams are interested in trading for him. Soriano believes there is a good chance he could be traded to the Yankees and he told the media he wouldn’t say no to a trade to the Yankees.

Soriano was held out of Wednesday’s game to give him a break to clear his mind after his meeting with Epstein and Sveum on Tuesday night. Soriano said there was no rush to get a deal done because there are five or six days before the deadline and he knows the Cubs’ front office is trying to make the best deal they can for him.

Theo Epstein thinks it is “an appropriate time” for Soriano to move to another team. Epstein said if Soriano agrees to a trade and the Cubs can find a deal they are happy with it would allow the team to keep Junior Lake in the lineup and create playing time for Ryan Sweeney and Brian Bogusevic when they return from the DL. Epstein said, “We’re in a mode where we’re looking to give opportunities to young players.”

David DeJesus

David DeJesus returned from the DL on Wednesday and while the Cubs like what DeJesus brings to the clubhouse, Theo Epstein pointed out no one is untouchable and they would weigh what is best for the team if they receive offers for DeJesus.

DeJesus said he would like to stay with the Cubs.

Nate Schierholtz

According to Bruce Levine there were ten scouts in attendance watching numerous Cubs’ players on Wednesday including Nate Schierholtz.

The Pirates are still interested in Schierholtz and have been watching him for more than a month.

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  • jtrain23

    I know that the FO is trying to get rid of all of the leftovers from the last regime. I also know that Soriano’s bulky contract is the epitome of said regime. I hope that the Cubs do not give Soriano away though. He has proven to be quite valuable the last few years and could be a great mentor to young players such as Lake.

    If you would have told me I’d be making these statements a few years ago, I would have laughed at the thought, but Soriano has been the ultimate professional and he has been a great role model to the extremely young and at times immature team. He is also still a game changer. I still believe that there is no coincidence that the Cubs improved play came at the same time that Soriano got hot.

    Also, it seems that he would prefer to remain with the team, but if he actually prefers a trade, I wish (for his sake) that the Cubs would inquire with other teams than the Yankees. I think the Yankees are about as likely to make the playoffs as the Cubs. They are a sinking ship surely to be bogged down by injuries and the A Rod saga for the rest of the year. If he wants a chance to go out as a winner, at least do it with a team that has a good chance of being able to achieve that goal. The Yankees are in 4th place right now. They are 7 games out in the division and are even 3.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot with two good teams ahead of them.

    Ok, I guess that’s the end of my “morning rant”. I’m not used to being up this early in the summer (I am a teacher) so maybe I am just all hopped up on coffee. Good morning Cubs Nation!

    • J Daniel

      ahhh, summer vacation! Agreed. Yankees are a sinking ship!

    • K_Gripp

      Its funny how the perception of Soriano changed after the FO changed. Under Hendry all we ever heard was how lazy Soriano was and how poor he was defensively. Since day 1 with the new FO all they have done is praised Soriano for his hard work and mentoring of young players. Soriano is the same person he was 5 years ago now we have a FO that knows that you dont publicly bash your players and ruin their value. Similar to this Garza situation. Only now that he has been traded do you start to hear the whispers that the FO didnt care for his personality and had no interest in keeping him around.

      • Roe Skidmore

        Good observation…America has a 30 day memory they say.

        • John_CC

          And that’s generous.

          • J Daniel

            REAL GENEROUS!

      • 07GreyDigger

        I agree. What’s with all the sudden Soriano love?

        • paulcatanese

          C’mon Grey, you know love is in the eye’s of the beholder:)
          He is and always will be a gentleman. The new attitude from the FO and Sveum helped
          Soriono to come back, big time, from what he was under the old regime.
          Maybe, just maybe if that feeling was displayed earlier he would have had a better career.
          Good guy, don’t understand why the bashing of him for so long.
          Once again, the contract was not his fault.

          • 07GreyDigger

            I know the contract wasn’t his fault, but does any remember when he had to bat leadoff or sixth because he wasn’t comfortable anywhere else even though he wasn’t suited to it? That always annoyed the crap out of me. That’s not gentlemanly behavior.

          • J Daniel

            Sometimes Paul, Chicago fans love to BASH! Just ask Rip :)

        • BosephHeyden

          I would say that it’s the Chicago media and fanbase trying to help make the sell to whatever team wants him.

      • jtrain23

        I think that maybe the perception changed with the new FO because Soriano changed. Let’s face it, the organization now promotes professionalism, hard work, and selflessness. Three things that the Hendry FO seemed to not care about. The locker room was full of spoiled, over payed players with an inflated feeling of self worth and entitlement.

        I’m not saying the he went from one extreme to the other. I’m just saying that perhaps some of his habits and actions were caused by environment. Something has to be different or you would hear about it. No matter how much the FO wants to play up their players, if there was bad it would come out.

    • Roe Skidmore

      Soriano is a shot in the arm when he gets hot. But his defensive play in left field will always be in question. And when he isn’t hot(quite often), he doesn’t bring much to the Cubs for a guy making that kind of money. Doesn’t steel bases anymore, doesn’t walk & get on base, weak left fielder. Good clubhouse guy, but we know the Cubs need to rebuild had to come. Thankful that Theo & Hoyer recognize our need to build a strong minor league system to build a major league contender someday. Finally.

  • J Daniel

    Quote from Garza after his game last night. ”I’m excited. I couldn’t be more happy being in a place where I’m at, a place where I’m wanted, been wanted. It’s awesome,” Garza said. ”I felt good. I just wanted to throw strikes.” Does not sound like he is on his way back in FA which I have stated he would not be.

    • Whatupbr

      They don’t want him back. As good as he can be, he’s an injury waiting to happen and word from the beat says they think he’s a huge pain in the neck from a personality perspective. I’ve heard this from one reporter: “they cannot wait to be rid of this guy.”

      • Denver Mike

        Are you referring to the Cubs or Rangers who “cannot wait to be rid of this guy”. I can’t find a single negative report out of Texas to that effect, and that seems like a pretty quick 180 considering what they just gave up for him. I find it hard to believe that after chasing Garza for the better part of 5 years that anyone in the Rangers FO would feel that way. Maybe he slept with that reporters sister or something.

    • Roe Skidmore

      I would like to think that he would want to sign a big extension and stay in Texas after what Kyle Lohse went through last season. Garza is a family man and the last few years most likely haven’t been easy for him with all the rumors and his injury history. A secure long term contract takes care of that right now.

      • Tony_Hall

        Because he was traded, the Rangers are not allowed to “tag him” and get a comp pick if he signs elsewhere. Garza will be a free agent with no strings attached.

        • Roe Skidmore

          Thanks, good point. If I was Garza I would still be worried about an injury with his history. Plus Texas loves him.

          • Tony_Hall

            I am amazed he hasn’t jumped at any extension offers.

        • paulcatanese

          Agree, and while I am agreeing here Tony, I watched the highlights of teams last night, and will agree that center field can be the toughest for some players. I refer to the game that the Phillies played and their center fielder. He had quite a night with the, as did some others around the league, bad night for center fielders, would have hated to see them in corner positions:)

      • Dorasaga

        Indeed, Garza has been a down-to-earth American, sometimes goofy but practical joker, and great guy to be around both fans and ballplayers (surprising how little most pro players nowadays can act well in front of both sides). I’ll miss him.

    • cubtex

      He’s in a passionate sports town on a playoff team. What’s not to like? The fans will love this guy in Dallas and I would bet he will sign a long term contract with Texas. Great weather, great place to raise kids, excellent restaurants and NO state tax.

      • paulcatanese

        And an ex-pitcher for an owner.
        Garza appears to be a guy that only looks for three bases and a home plate and a pitching rubber.
        What’s on the front of his uniform means little, he is a baseball rat, loves the game and to him its simply a game.
        He just leaves the rest to his agent, as he has always stated.
        Took some time for me to come around to his “personality” but I just didn’t take that same amount of time to get to know what he does out there.
        Nothing wrong with guys like he and Sori on a ballclub, they are team players, baseball people, period.
        Those “beat writers” that say good riddance should become weatherman, as then they could be wrong 75% of the time.

      • Tony_Hall

        Great sales pitch….I’m moving to Texas!

        • cubtex

          Why do you think I live here? :))) I could have set up my business in any city in the country. I actually did a US tour 20 years ago and visited serveral highly ranked cities and settled on Austin. Best move I ever made. More business are setting up shop in Texas than any state in the country for the same reasons. No state tax and the quality of life.

          • Tony_Hall

            I actually have been trying to convince my wife to move to Texas for awhile. I worked for the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour and traveled the country for 7 years in the 90’s and always loved Texas. We are waiting for my son to finish school (sophmore), then we will start to figure out where in Texas to go. Austin is on my short list of areas. The company I work for is based out of Houston, so that is another option. The business environment is one that if I ever wanted to start a business, I would want to do it in Texas, that is for sure.

          • cubtex

            Austin is by far(IMO) the best place to live in Texas. Houston is brutal in the summer with the humidity. The Woodlands is a nice area though if you did choose to go to Houston.

          • Tony_Hall

            Trust me, when the time comes, I will ask you for advice on the different areas. We might not agree on everything, but I respect your opinions and points of view. Even when you are completely wrong :)

      • paulcatanese

        You forgot about all the beautiful blondes at the airport and the oyster bar. Spent many an hour there on flights to New Orleans. Saw a great fight between a Tulane fan and an LSU fan.
        Just a great place to people-watch.

        • cubtex

          Alot of beautiful women…..no doubt about it. Had to be careful around the wife last weekend during our college visit at SMU for my daugher. All I can say is WOW!!!! To be young again :)))))

          • paulcatanese

            Advantage, getting older, one can always say “my eyes are bad, and have to stare to see anything”, however after 56 years of marriage, seems my wife isn’t buying it:) And by the way, has you’re daughter decided on a school yet?

          • cubtex

            She’s only going into her junior year. She is also a cross country/track runner. She wants to stay in warm weather climate and I would love for her to be close. We will see. She really liked SMU and the coach is very interested. I will keep you posted.

          • J Daniel

            Beautiful women everywhere! And like Paul says, it is in the eye of the beholder!

          • Dorasaga

            Yes, I’ll take a Chicago girl anytime over a CA or TEX. Her aura will speak for herself.

      • J Daniel

        I better move to Texas, Illinois is KILLING ME!

    • paulcatanese

      From what I saw of his effort last night, he continued to pitch well and shut the Yankees down. As I mentioned Garza just wants to pitch,
      and enjoys it no matter what team he’s on.
      Had to chuckle tho, on the ball hit back to him,
      he still hasn’t found first base.
      Matt, its still there, always has been, try rolling it over in that direction, stay away from those three base errors.
      Gotta love the guy:)

  • John_CC

    I really like Soriano. I’ll be the first to admit that I jumped on the beat-down train in 2010-2011 when was floundering. But my attitude has changed. He’s a class act and team guy through and through. I don’t doubt that him knowing that if he goes it frees up room for Lake to play is a reason for him to move on.

  • paulcatanese

    Epstein and Thoyer can trade anyone they want to,
    I said can, not that they will but let no one think that if the right package in their mind’s comes along they can.
    Shark, Rizzo, Castro, you name them, they can be traded.
    All one has to look at is the determination for all new contracts that will not include no-trade clauses.
    This is almost total control over what they decide to do in the development of the Cubs.
    This is how it should be to develop a winning system, however their are no checkpoints for either of them, unless Ricketts decides to step in, but I doubt he would, as he gave them that power to begin with.
    So to anyone thinking that their are untouchables on the Cubs, they are not thinking correctly, but with their hearts, as I am.
    Fans can moan and groan if they trade anyone on the list of favorites., but have to realize that they have the power to do as they please. I as well as quite a few wanted change, and are receiveing it. We must live with it, so do not be surprised what comes down.

    • Suzy S

      Actually, Paul…we won’t be able to grade the FO until it is time to win. It’s really interesting that the Cubs have succeeded in changing the focus from the on field Wrigley Product to the stocking of minor league talent.
      Would that have been viable just a few short years ago?
      We, as fans, lived through at least three years of Zell’s Hell…with a prolonged sale of the team and stripping of most assets to the minor league system…Zell looked at the Cubs through the eyes of a business maurader…simply as a $$$$ machine.

      I will say this about Ricketts, Theo and Jed…the soul of the Cubs and the will to win is back…not ignoring the $$$…but at least the game is strongly considered…with a will to win.

      So far…I’m impressed with the tear down and the building of the minors….The next step
      is coming up soon…winning baseball…and I can’t wait to see that part…and if in fact, the plan succeeds.