Soriano not thinking about leaving just yet
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org February 24, 2013 11:47PM
Alfonso Soriano fields a ground ball as the Chicago Cubs get ready for the 2013 season during their spring training at Fitch park in Mesa, AZ on Monday, February 18, 2013. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
MESA, Ariz. — Don’t assume the injury to New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson on Sunday opens the possibility for the Cubs to trade Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees, as was widely speculated Sunday.
For starters, it’s doubtful the Yankees would view the Cubs as a strong enough match to give up much to acquire the final two years of Soriano’s contract (even at a steep discount), especially with Granderson expected back from his broken forearm in May.
But it might be a non-starter anyway, given Soriano’s full no-trade rights and his desire to see how the season starts before considering to accept a trade anywhere.
Soriano said he isn’t ruling anything out, mostly because he hasn’t thought about other teams since he talked with the front office last summer about possible trades.
He told the Sun-Times on Sunday that contrary to reports last week, he hasn’t given the Cubs an updated list of teams he’d agree to be traded to.
He also said that despite enjoying the time he spent with the Yankees early in his career, they weren’t even among the teams he approved last summer.
‘‘If the season starts and they want me to make a list, I might talk to my agent,’’ he said. ‘‘Depending on how we’re playing, I might make a list of five or six teams.
‘‘I’m keeping my mind open. It’s open for anybody. But now it’s not on my mind. Only one team is on my mind: the Cubs.’’
Soriano made it clear he doesn’t want to leave. It’s also clear he won’t trade the comfort he feels with teammates and Chicago to go to any team that’s not a contender, which is impossible to identify until the season starts, he said.
Soriano said he would consider his family and the Cubs’ wishes in any trade scenario.
‘‘Let the conversation come, and I’ll think about it. But I can’t say yes now,’’ he said. ‘‘I don’t want to put in my mind that I want to go to the Yankees again. I don’t want to think about it. I want to think about preparing for the season.’’