Alfonso Soriano was front in center on Sunday afternoon shortly after the news hit the wire that Curtis Granderson would miss at least 10 weeks with a broken forearm. The immediate speculation was that the Yankees would begin looking for replacements for Granderson, and could call the Cubs about Alfonso Soriano.
Soriano addressed the reports shortly after he left Sunday’s Spring Training game against the Giants, a team he rejected a trade to last season. Soriano said that he is open to listening if a trade proposal is brought to him, but as he has said, he does not want to leave the Cubs until he sees how the team begins the season. Soriano added that there is only one team on his mind, the Cubs.
According to multiple reports, Soriano would take his family, the team and himself into consideration if he is approached with a trade proposal.
Soriano stressed that he wants to win with the Cubs, and would not be willing to waive his no-trade rights until he sees how the team begins the season. Soriano wants to give the Cubs “one more chance”.
As for the possibility of waiving his no-trade rights to go back to the Yankees, Soriano said, “I don’t know if they want to call or not. But if they call for me, I have to think about it because I don’t want to take a quick reaction and say yes or no. I’m 37 years old, so I have to think about it first and see what’s good for me and for the team and my family, too.”
The Cubs have said they will not give Soriano away. Multiple reports have suggested that the Cubs are willing to eat most of the $36 million owed to Soriano over the last two years of his contract, but they would are looking for good, young talent in return.
Jon Heyman, who was at HoHoKam on Sunday, thinks the Yankees should make a play for Soriano.
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