Chicago Cubs Game Thread: Soriano’s Still Here

On the heels of the Matt Garza deal, we were issued news last night that the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees were nearing a deal that would send Alfonso Soriano to the Yanks. Alas, this deal wasn’t quite as imminent as reported, and the Fonz is still on the Cubs roster. Jed Hoyer says any Soriano trade rumors are prematurealfonso

“Very premature,” Hoyer said. “We’ve had some discussions with different teams about Sori. There’s nothing close at all.

“That was one of those rumors you wake up to and you’re like ‘oh, that’s interesting. I didn’t know we had done that.’ It’s not nearly as advanced as those reports made it seem.”

And don’t expect the Fonz to be blindsided by any trade rumors.

“Last year, we took things to him on an individual basis when teams asked about him,” Hoyer said. “This year, we’ll probably sit down with Sori about his thoughts. He’s got 10-and-5; he has the earned right to veto a deal.

“We’re not going to push him in any direction, but we’ll certainly give him some of the teams that have inquired on him and let him make that decision himself.”

So we’ll get to see him in a Cubs uniform for at least one more game. Tonight, he’ll be hitting in support of Travis Wood (6-6, 2.79). Wood will be making his first start after not playing in the All Star Game. That makes a full eight days off for Wood, who leads the league with 17 quality starts this season. Pitching for the D’Backs is fellow All Star, Patrick Corbin (11-1, 2.35). You might notice that Corbin is pretty good, too. He’s also a lefty, so we’ll see the same lineup as last night. Catch it after the jump.

Lake CF
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Ransom 3B
Navarro C
Gillespie RF
Barney 2B
T. Wood P

Game time is 8:40 Central, and will be on WGN TV.


17 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Game Thread: Soriano’s Still Here

  1. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Capuano for the Dodgers just gave up a couple of runs- they’re warming up Marmol!

  2. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Ladies and gentlemen of LA, I give you….Carlos Marmol!!!!

    1. Doc Blume says:


  3. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Marmol have given up a double,single,wild pitch, and now a home run. Lyons was talking him up, but is saying he should be lifted…

  4. juliedicaro says:

    Doing research for a Red Eye piece. What don’t you like about Wrigley?

      1. juliedicaro says:


        1. johnnywest333 says:

          Full service bars.

          1. johnnywest333 says:

            And the no goats thingy too.

      2. dabirdguy says:

        The mens room sucks too.

    1. Doc Blume says:


      Bad food.
      Cramped seats.
      Obstructed views.
      Narrow aisles.
      3 1/2 miles from the nearest expressway.
      The bathrooms.
      The seventh inning stretch.
      Too expensive.
      Shitty Italian beef (just adding emphasis to the first item on this list).
      No unique beer selections.
      Crappy team on the field.
      Not handicap friendly. (this was a problem when taking my dad to games over the last few years)
      No wi-fi/bad cellphone reception.
      Fans attending night games.
      Frat boys in the bleachers.
      No goats allowed.
      Addison St. & Irving Park after a game.
      Suburbanites taking public transportation to the game.
      Kathleen Messmer.
      Lack of parking near the ballpark.
      Center field scoreboard is missing 6 teams/3 games every day.

      Should I go on?

      1. juliedicaro says:

        Perfect — thank you.

      2. NotAgain says:

        Who the hell is getting Italian beef at a baseball game? A BASEBALL game. You deserve shitty Italian beef if that’s what you’re ordering. Go to Portillo’s or Mr Beef like a normal person, for God’s sake.

        1. Doc Blume says:

          Wrigley had some good Italian beef at one point. Now they serve some sorry excuse for Italian beef.

          I usually stop at Wrigleyville Dogs (on Clark) before the game.

  5. juliedicaro says:

    Junior with a flying leap into the wall. That was special.

  6. dabirdguy says:

    Would you trade Starlin for Giancarlo Stanton?
    The Marlins want value for value, not minor leaguers…

    This is a deal I would do in a heartbeat!

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I’d do that deal in a heartbeat as well. I don’t see the Marlins wanting Castro, though.

      Stanton’s struggles this year I attribute more to the fact that he’s not getting any pitches to hit…if he had some protection in that lineup, I think he’d be ripping the cover off the baseball again.

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