Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano only would leave for ‘the perfect scenario’
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org August 18, 2012 9:46PM
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The pitchers: Chris Volstad (0-9, 6.96 ERA) vs. Mat Latos (10-3, 3.63).
Updated: September 20, 2012 10:28AM
CINCINNATI — With less than two weeks left for teams to trade players through the August waiver process, left fielder Alfonso Soriano doesn’t think he’s going anywhere, and he doesn’t think he’d waive his no-trade rights at this point anyway.
‘‘Only six weeks left [before the end of the season]. I don’t think so,’’ said Soriano, who rejected a possible trade to the Giants last month. ‘‘It would have to be the perfect scenario.’’
And he can’t imagine that exists.
For a team to even have interest, he surmised, ‘‘It would have to be a [near-certain] playoff team and be like the Giants, losing Melky [Cabrera to a 50-game drug suspension]. A team would have to lose somebody important in their lineup to look for somebody.’’
Soriano reportedly already has cleared waivers, as expected, freeing the Cubs to trade him to any team — with his approval.
He’s not ruling it out, but he can’t even start to identify teams he would approve in a trade because he’s not sure he wants to go anywhere.
‘‘It’s open,’’ he said, ‘‘but we’ll see.’’
Soriano, who reached 1,000 career RBI Saturday with a two-run homer in the first game of a doubleheader against the Reds, has about $40 million left on a contract that runs through 2014. The Cubs are willing to eat most of that in a trade.
Jeff Samardzija, the former Notre Dame All-America receiver, said he hasn’t seen the radical new uniform and helmet the Irish unveiled for this season. But he doesn’t like what he has heard.
‘‘That seems to be the thing these days for recruiting, huh? See how much confetti and hoopla they can put out there to get guys to come to your school,’’ said Samardzija, who took the loss in the first game of the doubleheader. ‘‘I think playing on TV every Saturday would be enough.
‘‘We never got any big screens [for the stadium] or anything when we were there, and they said it was because of tradition. I don’t see why they’ve got to change now.’’
Soriano is the sixth player to have 1,000 RBI, 400 doubles, 350 homers and 250 stolen bases. Barry Bonds, Andre Dawson, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield are the others.
† The Cubs snapped a nine-game road losing streak by winning the nightcap.
† Brett Jackson hit his first major-league homer in Game 2.
† Catcher Welington Castillo played the first game despite swelling in his right foot that he received treatment for afterward. He was unable to advance to second on a blooper to left that skipped into foul territory and was lifted for a pinch runner.