Alfonso Soriano the next Cub to be moved?

This morning I lolled around in bed for a while, basking in the afterglow of the big Matt Garza trade (four out of five analysts agree: huge win for the Cubs!), Ryan Braun’s much-deserved suspension, and Junior Lake’s big day at the plate last night. And then I saw this:

The Yankees and Cubs are nearing a deal that would send Alfonso Soriano to the New York,according to George A. King III of the New York Post. Soriano is owed roughly $24.9MM over the remainder of his contract (roughly $6.9MM in 2013 and $18MM in 2014), and King reports that the Cubs would pick up the majority of the remaining tab in exchange for a mid-level prospect.

Not too shabby, eh?

Not too shabby, eh?

So it looks like Cubs fans super-cool, lots of fun, very good day may not be over yet.  We’ll keep you updated.

If you gave up watching the Cubs back in  . . oh, say, April, you’re missing out on the Junior Lake Show:

PHOENIX – The Lake Show is only in its fourth day, but Junior Lake has basically sealed a spot on the Cubs’ roster.

Leading off for the first time, Lake hit his first major league home run, drove in three runs and collected four hits Monday in the Cubs 4-2 win over Arizona at Chase Field.

Has manager Dale Sveum seen enough to say Lake is here to stay.

“Right now I’d be pretty stupid to say no,” Sveum said.

Chris Rusin got the win while replacing Matt Garza, throwing five-plus innings and allowing two runs on two hits.

Lake became the first Cubs player since Andy Pafko in 1943 to have nine hits in his first four games, and the first Cub with four hits in his first four games since catcher Steve Lake on April 26, 1983 against San Diego. He’s hitting .529 so far, and two of his hits were bunts that he beat out, while the home run landed in center field nearly 430-feet away.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the best part of the Junior Lake Show: Every time Lake does something spectacular, he almost immediately follows it up with a boneheaded base-running play, or TOOTBLAN (Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop), as we like to call them. This has caused all of us to realize how funny TOOTBLANS can be when the player is a) not Ryan Theriot and b) otherwise valuable to your team.

Because I never, ever want to stop talking about the Ryan Braun suspension, a couple more tidbits that Phil Rogers reported on 670 The Score this morning:

1) Braun met with MLB last month, but refused to answer any questions when presented with garbage bags full of evidence against him;

2) Braun later asked for a second meeting with MLB, wherein he and his team started pushing for a deal to be made;

3) The penalty for a “non-analytic positive” (when a player is caught using, accepting delivery, ratted out, etc) is 5-500 games, so Braun really cut quite a good deal for himself;

4) The majority of players in MLB seem to have had enough of the steroid era. According to Rogers, “the players HATE the cheaters.”

And a few more snippets on the Matt Garza deal:

1) Jed Hoyer says Mike Olt will get the majority of the playing time at 3B in Iowa, relegating Josh Vitters to a backup role.

2) CJ Edwards is the true centerpiece to the deal, with more than one analyst referring to him as a potential Cy Young candidate. Phil Rogers compared him to a young Mark Buehrle, only “with better stuff than Buehrle has.”

We continue to be on Hug Watch here at LOHO, with Kevin Gregg and Nate Schierholtz occupying prominent places on our radar.

The Cubs and D’Backs are back at it tonight at Chase Field. Travis Wood steps up for the Cubs. First pitch is at 8:40 pm CT.

45 thoughts on “Alfonso Soriano the next Cub to be moved?

  1. Doc Blume says:

    Gordon Wittenmyer reported that Neil Ramirez is currently the PTBNL in the Garza trade…but the Cubs could opt for two lower level pitching prospects instead if they decide they don’t want Ramirez.

    Ramirez is a decent quality guy…so that again is pretty good news.

  2. Doc Blume says:

    There is some debate on whether this suspension counts as a 1st or 2nd offense against Braun. From what I can tell, a majority of the experts do believe that MLB is counting this as a second offense meaning if Braun were to fail another test, he will be expelled from the game.

    Another interesting point, from what I understand, the evidence against Braun in the Biogenesis case revealed that the transactions in question occurred after Braun’s failed test of a few years ago. That would indicate to me that he is either really stupid or really concerned that without the juice, he really isn’t that good.

    My point here is that Braun’s overall production could very well drop or he might continue to juice up because he feels he has no other choice. And if he gets caught again, he might be gone forever.

    Regardless, the news is really good for us and not so good for Brewers fans who might be stuck with a shitty Braun until 2020 or a complete void in left field.

    1. Anonymous says:

      No. He’s really stupid, He got away with it and decided that he would get away with it again.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        More than likely, he felt he had no choice if he wanted to keep playing at an elite level. Hi might be stupid for doing so but his addiction to the fortune and fame he gained by using the steroid, there is some logic, in his mind, for continuing to do this.

  3. juliedicaro says:

    But word has it that he’s also the guy whose medical issues held up the deal in the first place. We shall see, I guess.

  4. juliedicaro says:

    MBL is considering it a “non-analytic positive.” Penalty for that, under terms of the CBA, is 5-500 games.

  5. juliedicaro says:

    Okay–so tweets aren’t nesting. MARK!!!

  6. juliedicaro says:

    I mean comments aren’t nesting.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Is this comment nesting??

      1. Doc Blume says:

        yep. That being said, I did see this problem occur yesterday on one of my comments as well.

    2. gravedigger says:

      What the hell. They are set to nest. Not sure why they aren’t…

  7. juliedicaro says:

    i’m leaving to teach a class on Facebook privacy, so I’m sure the Soriano trade will go down as soon as I leave.

  8. Doc Blume says:

    The Braun news is getting better and better…

    Supposedly, in an initial meeting with MLB, Braun was evasive when answering questions. Braun called for a second meeting once he was presented with the evidence the MLB had obtained showing they had proof of a large number of “instances” of PED use. Braun quickly tried to cut a deal, which is how they came to the current suspension.

    It sounds like the Braun suspension was the first to happen in regards to the Biogenesis case mainly because Braun decided not to fight it. The A-Rod case might end up being very similar, but I think his suspension might very well be more severe…to the point where he might be banned from the game for good.

  9. gravedigger says:

    “George A. King III”

    Is that satire?

    1. Doc Blume says:

      It sure sounds like it.

  10. gravedigger says:

    Bizarre. The right options are marked in the dashboard. Seems to just break itself from time to time. Awesome.

    1. gravedigger says:

      did it again! wtf.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        I blame Ryan Theriot.

        1. gravedigger says:

          I always blame Ryan Theriot.

  11. dabirdguy says:

    It would seem to me that, as much as I want to see Soriano gone, he might be worth more a bit later if a contender or two were to lose a key player to a Braunie.

    1. dabirdguy says:

      I also thik that …going forward…all suspensions over 50 games be named Braunies, in “honor” of their inventor.

    2. gravedigger says:

      that’s a really good point – had not thought about that. there are some teams that could lose some key players down the stretch.

      that said, i think the yankees are probably at their highest point of despair. sounds like they’ll get a decent relief pitching prospect — did any of us expect them to get that much more out of soriano?

  12. juliedicaro says:

    Ryan Braun, in taking his deal and running, also screwed all the other Biogenesis users, as he basically admitting that their evidence against him is good. That puts a huge dent in the “Biogenesis reports are unrelaible” argument.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      That is a very good point. At the same time, I think the mounds of evidence against Braun, though, forced his hand…and would have done the same with the other players involved.

  13. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Yankees have written off A-Rod, and actually are still in the race for their division, surprisingly since most of the preseason writers put them in the cellar. They need relief ptiching mostly, as the guys they have pulled off the farm are not really ready. But I would not be surprised to see them as the wild card ….

  14. sloanpeterson2 says:

    NY Times was speculating that someone may take the suspensions to court regarding the testing. They furthermore speculated that the tests may fail at SCOTUS level, and baseball would be back at square one. What then to the suspensions,etc.?

    1. gravedigger says:

      that’s, like, WAY far ahead of where things are now. that wouldn’t hit the supremes for quite some time.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        The Supreme Court wouldn’t take up the case if it even got that far.

    2. Doc Blume says:

      Unfortunately, these have nothing to do with tests. This has to do with evidence from Biogenesis. Considering the evidence supposedly involved here, and the language in the CBA (which both the players and owners agreed to), there isn’t much of a stand someone could use against MLB.

  15. johnnywest333 says:

    Who was the analyst who didnt agree that the Garza trade was a huge win for the Cubs?

    1. johnnywest333 says:

      Must be a Braun or Theriot fan.

  16. dabirdguy says:

    You lot know I like guys like Skip Schumacher and here’s why:
    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/23/quote-of-the-day-skip-schumaker-brings-the-noise-on-braun-and-ped-users/

    No fluff, no BS, just hard nosed truth. Like the way he plays.

  17. J says:

    Yeah, but he also admitted to having a Ryan Braun jersey hanging in his house. His opinion and judgement are obviously lacking any ability to effectively judge the character of another human being.

    1. dabirdguy says:

      Hindsight is 20-20.

      1. J says:

        Did you really need hindsight to see that Ryan Braun is an obnoxious doucheasaurus rex? Because if you do, you lack any ability to effectively assess the character of another human being.

        1. gravedigger says:

          “obnoxious doucheasaurus rex” – stealing that.

  18. sloanpeterson2 says:

    But if the runner up to MVP had been Posey or Molina, would he be so vocal about stripping the award from Braun? I don’t think so…

  19. sloanpeterson2 says:

    When the Dodgers had cheater Manny Ramirez, and things were going swell the Dodger players stuck up for him to a man, even though there were signs of trouble. Kind of like with Puig…

    1. J says:

      exactly. no one minds a cheater that goes about their business and thus contributes to a winning team. People only get indignant when you are caught cheating on a last place team, because if you’re cheating and still in last place, you’re just pathetic. If you get caught cheating on a winning team, you just get sent home while your team keeps on winning. (See Melky Cabrera last year)

  20. Doc Blume says:

    The Pedestrian bridge has been deferred as part of the Wrigley deal. What is so stupid about that is that that would actually slightly alleviate congestion in the area that people are complaining about…but I didn’t see it as a major revenue generating item, so I’m fine with it being deferred.

  21. Doc Blume says:

    The Dodgers are expected to activate Carlos Marmol.

    And they were playing so well lately. Oh well.

    1. J says:

      I’m waiting to see what the Dodgers give us for Groggles.

  22. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I wouldn’t do that to Groggles. That team saps the souls of its pitchers, always has…

  23. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I can hardly wait to hear how Lyons and company have to describe Marmol blowing a lead….

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