The $136 million man and the Cubs president will have to talk about the future. But Alfonso Soriano isn’t going to issue an ultimatum and tell Theo Epstein he isn’t going anywhere, so don’t bother trying to work out a trade.
“I’d never say that to him, because I don’t want to be on this team if they don’t want me here,” Soriano said after Monday’s 8-2 win over the White Sox. “It’s kind of hard and selfish to think (that way). If they want me to stay here, I’m going to stay here. But if they don’t want me to, the door is open.”
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Soriano almost looked like a 40/40 guy again at U.S Cellular Field, hitting his 13th home run, stealing two bases and scoring four runs on a night where all those scouts came out to see Matt Garza.
Soriano is in the middle of one of his patented hot streaks, hitting .381 with six homers and 15 RBI in his last 10 games. He has 20 extra-base hits in his last 30 games. Maybe at some point across the next several weeks an American League team will need a new designated hitter to give the lineup a jolt.
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“If somebody asks for me, it has to be a contender for the playoffs,” Soriano said. “But I don’t want to think about it. (We’ll) see what happens.”
Soriano only has a year-and-a-half left on his megadeal. There’s a sense around the team that he has softened his views about waiving his no-trade rights. Then again, you’ve read this before.
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“I don’t try to think about those trade rumors because every year is something new,” Soriano said. “The trade rumors happened last year and I finished here and I’m (still) here. If it happens, it happens.
“My mindset right now is just play one day at a time here and see what happens.”