Echoing what I said on Twitter and Facebook last night, I’ve been told the Soriano-to-the-Yankees deal is done, and that the Cubs are just waiting for Soriano to give his “thumbs up to the trade.” As has been widely reported by various media outlets in the last 12 hours, the Yankees are on a list of teams that Soriano says he’ll approve a trade to. If you’re wondering what Soriano is waiting for, or what he has to “think over,” just keep in mind that he and his wife have six children, and that he’s lived in Chicago for the last six years. It’s not an easy decision to pick up eight people and move them to NYC, especially if you care about your friends, neighbors, and teammates. So while I expect Soriano to approve the trade and for the deal to go through, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy for him.
Here’s what the Chicago Tribune has to say:
After reports that the Yankees were talking to the Cubs about Soriano, President Theo Epstein spoke with the veteran outfielder after Tuesday’s game at Chase Field, outlining his options and giving him a blunt analysis of the team’s desire to move on.
“He asked for a couple days to think about it,” Epstein said. “He said he’ll get back to us in a couple days and let us know where he’ll go, if anywhere, and then at that point it’s up to us if we want to move forward and finalize a deal.”
Soriano confirmed the Yankees are on a list of teams he would be willing to go to. He spoke with his family and said they “support me” in any decision he makes.
“I’m 37,” Soriano said. “I want one more chance to go to the World Series. If (the Cubs) don’t have that on their mind (and) they’re preparing the team for 2015 or 2016, it’s too late for me. At the same time, I try to be a champion here. If not, I’ve got to try and do that with another team.”
After several years of tearing my hair out over the number of years on Soriano’s deal, the amount of money he was making, the hops, the tightness in his hamstrings, and his complete and total inability to lay off pitches down-and-away, I’ve really grown to respect Alfonso Soriano as a player and a person. He shows up for work every day with a smile on his face, takes the kids under his wing, and does his job without complaining, even when the fans complained loudly about him. If he does agree to be traded, which he almost certainly will, I wish him nothing but the best, and I’ll continue to cheer for him (though not for the Yankees themselves).
I’ve had enough of these late-night, west-coast, extra-innings games. When I can’t stay awake long enough to see the Nate (the Great) Schiertholtz with the game-winning double, there’s no joy in Mudville:
Schierholtz drove in a career-high five runs, hitting a three-run homer in the fifth and a game-winning RBI double in the 12th, to lift the Cubs to a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are trying to keep pace with the Dodgers in the National League West.
Schierholtz was shut down for the Cubs’ final two games before the All-Star break because of nagging injuries, and admitted Wednesday that the rest helped.
“I’m feeling a lot better now,” Schierholtz said. “The All-Star break definitely helped, and so did the cortisone shot. I feel like I’m doing well now, and I’m trying to help the team.”
Unfortunately, the rest of the world has finally realized how great Nate is, and now people want to take him away from us. Notably, the Pittsburgh Pirates:
According to scouting sources, the NL Central-contending Pittsburgh Pirateshave been watching Schierholtz for more than a month. The Pirates have had Schierholtz and Chicago White Sox right fielder Alex Rios at the top of their wish list, hoping to acquire more offense for the stretch run as they battle the St. Louis Cardinals for division supremacy.
“That’s out of our control,” said Schierholtz, responding to a question about possibly being traded. “It happens, but I love being a Cub. I hope to stay here, but you never know what will happen in the next week. All we can do is go out there and focus on trying to win games.”
Do you, Nate? Do you really love being a Cub? I can see you loving being a Cub in a couple of years, but I’m guessing you’re not enjoying the bullpen or the aging facilities at Wrigley Field. Then again, Chicago is the best city in the world in the summertime, so maybe you are telling the truth.
Personal note: I’m okay with sending Nate to the Pirates ONLY on the condition that the Cubs get Garrett Jones in return, solely to keep the rather lacking hotness quotient of the Cubs intact.
The Cubs and Diamondbacks play their last 8:40 pm game tonight before they head home to begin a weekend series with the hated Brewers. And no Ryan Braun.
In case you missed it yesterday, my bit on OTHER things I’d like to see renovated at Wrigley is in Red Eye today. Thanks to everyone who threw out suggestions.
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