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