7/31 Clubs ask re: Soriano
Alfonso Soriano confirmed the Cubs front office did talk to him about accepting a possible deal on Tuesday. Soriano has a no trade clause, and can veto any move.
“I’m here, nothing happened,” Soriano said. “I try to come every day and do my job in the field.”
The 36-year-old outfielder didn’t want to leave the Cubs.
“I’m very happy to stay here,” he said. “It’s sad that a lot of people go, and for now the team looks a little different. We’ve got to come every day and be strong mentally and try to do the job.”
Theo Epstein talked to Soriano about his options.
“He appreciated what I did,” Soriano said. “They were open to a couple of things. They had a chance to get something for me. It didn’t happen, and I don’t know why, but I’m here. I get to keep doing what I like to do and that’s play baseball.”
The Cubs definitely have a youth movement underway following the trades of Paul Maholm, Ryan Dempster, Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto.
“It’s tough,” Soriano said. “We see a couple of key players leave. There’s two months, and we have to keep grinding and play hard. I know they want to build a new team and young guys and that’s good, but we have two months left in the season. It’s not over yet.”
Dempster had 10-and-5 rights, and had a say in where he was going. But he will be a free agent after this season. Soriano has two years remaining on his eight-year, $136 million contract.
“Dempster’s situation and mine is kind of the same,” Soriano said. “He’s a free agent next year and I have two years, and I think mine is a little more complicated. It depends on the team and what they want. I’m open to a couple of teams and we’ll see what happens in the future. We’ll see what happens in August and when the season is over.”
The Cubs could put Soriano through waivers. Now that the non-waiver trade deadline has passed, deals involving players on the 40-man roster cannot be made unless the players already have cleared waivers. In other words, the player must be offered to the other teams in reverse order of the standings, and if he is claimed by one of the teams, he cannot be traded. The club that placed the player on waivers can either withdraw the request and keep the player, or let the player go to the claiming team, which would then have the rights to the player.
— Carrie Muskat