Outfielder Alfonso Soriano has said that he wants to be a
part of the next winning Chicago Cubs’ team. However, if the Cubbies fall out
of contention this season, something could happen sooner than later, Soriano
would be interested in being traded, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago.
Soriano’s top priorities include going to a team where he
would feel comfortable and that could provide him a shot at competing for a
title. However, he does have other characteristics he’s seeking in a potential
Take last year for example. The Cubs attempted to trade Soriano
to the San Francisco Giants, the eventual 2012 World Series champions. But the veteran
vetoed the deal using his no-trade clause, saying that San Francisco’s cold
weather would affect his knees.
Entering this season, Soriano says he and the Cubs are on
the same page regarding which teams he will accept trades to. The slugger said
there are six or seven teams in the east or central that he’s given Chicago as
potential landing spots he would approve.
Soriano is set to make $36 million over the next two seasons
and he’s a 37-year-old outfielder suiting up for a rebuilding team. While he
would seem to be an obvious trade candidate, Chicago has said it appreciates
his production and leadership in the clubhouse. For this reason they aren’t
simply going to give Soriano away.
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