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MLB: Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano More Open To Trade
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MLB: Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano More Open To Trade

Jul 10 2013, 1:18am CDT | by

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano says he is more open to being traded if the team doesn't want him to stay.

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano says he is more open to being traded if the team doesn't want him to stay.  CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney reports Soriano saying he isn't going to tell ...

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MLB: Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano More Open To Trade

Jul 10 2013, 1:18am CDT | by

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano says he is more open to being traded if the team doesn't want him to stay.

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano says he is more open to being traded if the team doesn't want him to stay. 

CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney reports Soriano saying he isn't going to tell President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein he wants to stay if the team feels otherwise. 

"I'd never say that to him, because 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."

Mooney points out Soriano has a year-and-a-half remaining on his $136 million deal with the Cubs. There is a feeling within the team that he may be willing to waive his no-trade clause, but it may still go either way. 

Should the clause be eventually waived and he winds up getting traded, Soriano said he prefers a contender. Right now, he'd rather not think about any trade rumors, though. 

"If somebody asks for me, it has to be a contender for the playoffs. But I don't want to think about it. (We'll) see what happens."

This may very well be the most likely scenario should Soriano bolt the Cubs since non-contending ballclubs aren't going to trade for a 37-year-old left fielder with a .750 OPS and still owed a total of $27 million over the next season and-a-half, writes NBC Sports' Aaron Gleeman.  

Soriano, who rejected a trade proposal which would have sent him to San Francisco last summer, actually loosened up on his stance regarding the no-trade clause almost two months ago when he was asked about it in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times

"Yeah, but it depends on them. It depends what the team wants.

"A chance to win, that's the most important thing. But it depends on the front office. It's not on me."

Soriano's bat has suddenly come to life in the last 10 games when he went 16-for-42 (.381) with six home runs and four doubles. For the 2013 season, he's batting.263 with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs, per ESPN stats. 

He is in his 15th season overall and seventh with the Cubs, who are in fourth place in the NL Central with a 40-48 (.455) record as of July 9. 

 

 

 
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