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2/24 Soriano: “I want to win here”

Start the trade rumors again. Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured arm Sunday when he was hit by a pitch. Rumors started to fly almost immediately that the Yankees would call the Cubs about Alfonso Soriano.

“I hope they don’t look that way because I feel comfortable here and I believe in this team,” Soriano said Sunday. “We have a better chance this year and I hope everybody stays healthy and we have a good April and we’ll see what happens.

“I feel comfortable here with this group of guys — they make me feel young,” he said.

It is the Yankees, though, which was the first Major League team Soriano played for.

“That’s the team that opened the door for me in the big leagues,” Soriano said. “That was a long time ago.”

Soriano does have final say and a no trade clause. Would he consider going to New York?

“I don’t know,” he said. “[Granderson’s injury] happened today, and I don’t know if they want to call or not. If they call for me, I have to think about it. I don’t want to make a quick reaction and say ‘Yeah’ or say ‘No.’ I want to think about it. I’m 37 years old so I have to think first what’s good for me and for the team and for my family, too.”

Last year at the Trade Deadline, Soriano drew some interest, and there were six or seven teams that he would have considered.

“That was last year,” he said. “At the Trade Deadline last year, there were six, seven teams that were contenders. Now, it’s 2013, and no contenders because the season hasn’t started yet. I have to see how we play first, the Cubs, and after that, maybe a couple months, if we’re not playing good, they can decide what they want to do with me.”

Does that mean he would reject any deal right now?

“I don’t want to say ‘No,’ I want to think about it first,” he said. “It’s not a contender yet. There’s a lot of good teams that have an 80, 90 percent chance to make the playoffs. We’ll see. Today is the second game of Spring Training, and there’s a lot of games and a lot of days to go and I believe we have a better chance than last year. The first thing for me is to see the Cubs in the playoffs this year. I’m not thinking about another team, I’m not thinking I want to get traded. I just want to stay here and make the playoffs and go to the World Series with this team.”

Soriano signed an eight-year deal with the Cubs, and has two years remaining on that deal.

“I want to give it one more chance — I want to win here,” he said. “It’s been a long time not winning. I signed here to win and I prepared my mind from the first day I signed the contract to win a World Series here. If I go somewhere else, I want to feel good, but my dream is winning here.”

– Carrie Muskat

12/8 Day 2 at Winter Meetings

Cubs officials spent Tuesday meeting with more teams as they continued their pursuit of a veteran right-handed reliever. One option being discussed was J.J. Putz, who was part of a three-team trade at last year’s Winter Meetings. Putz pitched in 29 games for the Mets before he needed surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow in June. He did pitch in Seattle but not for Lou Piniella.

The Cubs, White Sox, Diamondbacks, Rangers, Nationals and Tigers all have shown interest in Putz.

* Curtis Granderson most likely will not be patrolling center field for the Cubs. The Tigers outfielder was reportedly part of a three-team trade involving the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Tigers. Granderson would go to New York. The Cubs told the Tigers if they were serious about moving Granderson to contact them. Detroit would get four players in the swap.

* One of Piniella’s good friends, Bill Madden, was elected into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Madden covered Piniella in New York.

* The Milwaukee Brewers are interested in Kevin Gregg, who lost the closer’s job to Carlos Marmol.

* Here’s something to think about: Prior to the 2009 season, the Cubs added Gregg, Aaron Heilman, Aaron Miles and Joey Gathright. All are gone from the team.

* Here’s how weird the rumors are at the Meetings. A Rays executive was testing an airline’s wi-fi while flying and at 30,000 feet, read that his team had completed a deal. It wasn’t true.

– Carrie Muskat

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