|Alfonso Soriano says he's willing to take his ball and go to another team. (AP)|
As Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reminds us, Soriano last year had the chance to approve a trade to the Giants, eventual winners of belt and title, but opted not to do so. This time around, Soriano adds that he'd give the go-ahead for a team in the "east or center," so perhaps nothing's changed when it comes to his willingness to be shipped out west.
In any event, Soriano's no-trade clause is just one obstacle to dealing him. The fact that he'll make $18 million in each of the next two seasons is also a notable impediment. Unless the Cubs are willing to throw in towering stack of bills -- marked or unmarked -- it's going to be impossible to trade Soriano. The near-deal with San Francisco, of course, suggests the Cubs are indeed willing.
As for on-the-field performance, Soriano did hit 32 bombs last season, and his last three seasonal OPS+'s have been 121, 104, 114. He's also, contrary to reputation, a defensive asset in left field. Yes, he's overpaid, but Soriano is still a useful player in a vacuum.
In any event, it sounds as though the Cubs will be able to trade Soriano in 2013, so long as the price on both sides is right.
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