Source: Soriano trade getting close

I was told this morning by a reliable source that the Cubs are waiting for the word to take down Alfonso Soriano’s photo (which is apparently bolted to the wall) in the press room at Wrigley. Given all the chatter about a possible deal that would send Soriano to the Yankees, it seems like a deal is in the works and could happen as soon as today.

rumors2Of course, Soriano has both full no-trade clause and 10-5 rights, so he would have to approve his departure from the Cubs. Given that the left-fielder reportedly nixed a deal that would have sent him to the eventual World Series Champion San Francisco Giants in 2012, an aging Soriano may be more willing to leave the Cubs for a contender in 2013. In fact, Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Sun-Times tweeted that the Cubs have already been in touch with Soriano’s agent to inform him of the Yankees’ interest in the outfielder.  According to the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan, Soriano says he’s willing to think about waiving his NTC for the Yankees.

As Jay Jaffe writes over at The Strike Zone, the Yankees could be looking for some additional power with a possible suspension of Alex Rodriguez looming on the horizon:

In the wake of Tuesday’s announcement of Ryan Braun’s suspension, New York’s effort to acquire Soriano suggests that it is bracing for an even longer one for Rodriguez, who was on schedule to return from his rehab assignment on Monday until being diagnosed with a Grade I quad strain over the weekend. Confronted with a mountain of documentation regarding his connections to the Biogenesis clinic and performance-enhancing drug use in lieu of a positive test, Braun agreed to a suspension for the remainder of the season, a total of 65 games. In doing so, the shamed Milwaukee slugger bolstered the legitimacy of the evidence provided by clinic operator Tony Bosch, not to mention the tactics by which it was obtained, tactics that many (this writer included) expected the players’ union to challenge. SI’s Tom Verduccireported, “A source familiar with those presentations indicated the level of information and sourcing regarding Rodriguez exceeded the trove on Braun, including texts, bank receipts and other detailed corroborating evidence.”

I’ll keep you all updated if any more details come my way.

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26 thoughts on “Source: Soriano trade getting close

  1. gravedigger says:

    OK, I’m reading way less into this than you are.

    I’ve never been involved in a baseball trade negotiation, but my guess is they are pretty involved and are also pretty secretive. That said, Theo and Jed probably don’t have the time or wherewithal to say “oh, by the way, send the carpenters down to start dismantling Sori’s spot.” For one, why would they be so cocerned with that aspect — clearing out his image from the area? That couldn’t wait a day? Second, if you tell people at that level that you’re close to a trade, you’re not exactly managing your sensitive information very well.

    My guess is those responsible for removing such things are lower level people, not involved in personnel matters, thinking ahead about what they’d need to do if a trade happened. They’re probably showing a little initiative. Not because the trade is close and the Cubs are eager to tear down all evidence that Sori once played there the moment a trade is over.

    But I also have no idea what I’m talking about usually, so, there’s that.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      I can’t say any more because I don’t want to out my source.

  2. Doc Blume says:

    My gut tells me that Soriano won’t be traded until after this season is over.

    Not sure why…but it might have something to do with the fact that something I ate for lunch isn’t agreeing with me right now.

  3. Doc Blume says:

    So, from what I can tell, Julie’s reliable source is the official Wrigley Field picture hanger guy…aka Todd Ricketts.

  4. juliedicaro says:

    WHOA. Tweet that so I can RT you.

  5. Doc Blume says:

    I’m seeing some people reporting that the trade is pretty much up to Soriano now. He needs to give his thumbs-up and it’s pretty much done.

    1. gravedigger says:

      I still do not believe.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        Me neither…just reporting what I’m seeing right now.

        1. juliedicaro says:

          My own readers don’t trust my information?!?!?!

          1. Doc Blume says:

            You’re just figuring this out now?

          2. gravedigger says:

            This isn’t about me trusting anyone’s information, this is me thinking they can’t move Soriano. Would be happy to be wrong.

            1. gravedigger says:

              But also, like I said above “Cubs maintenance staff ready to remove a photo” does not convince me a deal is imminent.

              1. juliedicaro says:

                These people aren’t maintenance staff. They have a lot of responsibilities around the ballpark. I don’t want to say too much and reveal my source, but it’s not like this guy is a janitor. Show some respect.

              2. Doc Blume says:

                Todd Ricketts has a lot of jobs around Wrigley.

  6. gravedigger says:

    Welp, this will be an interesting test of the “bloggers vs. traditional journalists” debate. I’ve literally only heard this from “bloggers” (sorry, dont know how else to term this) and not from a single traditional source. I kinda hope it pans out for that reason.

    But all that aside, I still feel like it won’t.

  7. juliedicaro says:

    Couple of other little news bits: Justin Grimm and Mike Olt have been added to the Iowa roster.

    Neil Ramirez, the Rangers prospect that was rumored to be the one whose medical issues held up the Garza trade, has been placed on the DL. Harry Pavlidis thinks this means the Cubs now will take two PTBNL from the Rangers, instead.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Since it is a PTBNL, the Cubs could just hold off on selecting anyone and wait to see how Ramirez recovers from his injury. Usually teams agree to a time table for selecting the PTBNL which tells me that the Cubs probably knew Ramirez was going on the DL and intend to wait it out. Otherwise, they would have just gone ahead and taken the two players the day the trade went down.

      It wasn’t a secret that Ramirez was hurt.

  8. sloanpeterson2 says:

    NY TIMES wrote about the possible trade in their paper today, and quoted no less a sports authority than the NY Post. This was my favorite sentance;”Soriano grew to appreciate Chicago, vetoing a trade to the Giants last year because he was afraid the cold weather in San Francisco would jeopardize his achy knees.”

  9. juliedicaro says:

    DeJesus reactivated, Sappelt optioned to Iowa.

  10. juliedicaro says:

    Carrie Muskat and Gordon Wittenmeyer are yelling at everyone on Twitter. Soriano supposedly with a scheduled off day today.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      It’s pretty easy to schedule a guy for a day off when he’s going to be traded.

  11. Doc Blume says:

    We are going to be up all evening just waiting for the Soriano trade news…only to find out in the morning that the deal fell through because concerns over Cano’s health.

  12. Doc Blume says:

    Thinking about it on my drive home…I don’t think Soriano will choose to accept a trade to New York.

    Just a feeling.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Never mind…Soriano pretty much said he would go to New York today before the game.

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