Alfonso Soriano not in mood for move — yet
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org May 25, 2013 9:04PM
Left fielder Alfonso Soriano says the Cubs’ record is disappointing because the starting rotation has done a solid job. | Gene J. Puskar~AP
Updated: June 28, 2013 6:34AM
CINCINNATI — The reality of the latest weeklong skid staring him in the face and the news of Curtis Granderson’s latest injury less than 24 hours old, Alfonso Soriano knew what question was coming before it was asked.
“Yeah,” Soriano said, he’d be more likely to consider waiving his no-trade rights than he thought he might be a few months ago. “But it depends on them. It depends on 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 rejected a possible trade to the Giants last summer. He said during spring training he was optimistic about the Cubs getting off to a good start and wouldn’t consider the possibility of being asked to waive his no-trade rights.
And he still says, “It’s something that I don’t want to think about now. But if it comes up in four or five weeks, maybe I’ll think about it.”
Soriano’s age (37), early performance (.686 OPS) and contract (about $30 million through 2014) make him a lukewarm trade target, at best. And the Cubs aren’t rushing to simply dump him, considering his strong clubhouse presence and the fact they’d have to pick up most of his remaining salary.
But when teams such as the Yankees find themselves with a need because of things like Granderson’s broken knuckle, Soriano’s name is sure to be brought up. And if he goes on one of his patented midseason streaks — as he did during a 32-homer season last year — he could even turn into a hot topic again by July.
And if the season continues to play out the way it has for the Cubs, he’s not as likely to stand in the way of a deal as he was last year.
“The way we play and the way the starting rotation has been, to me, it’s not acceptable to have the record that we have,” he said. “That makes me more mad, makes me angry, because the way the starting rotation is pitching, you’re not supposed to have that kind of record.”
Soriano, who had an RBI single Saturday in the Cubs’ sixth consecutive loss, said he hasn’t given much thought to where he’d be willing to go and also hasn’t ruled out any place.
“Right now, I don’t have like one [team] in my mind that I want to go to,” he said. “My team is here, and I’m trying to get better to see if we can start playing better and making a run.”
If anything, the other team he’s thinking most about is the Angels, who won their seventh straight game to move to five games under .500 after a terrible start.
“We can do that, too,’’ Soriano said. ‘‘We have a good rotation and a good team. If we want to start playing better, there’s a lot of time left.”