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Soriano sits as trade talks with Yankees continue
PHOENIX — The Cubs have activated outfielder David DeJesus from the disabled list and put him in tonight’s lineup, batting leadoff and playing center field.
Alfonso Soriano – the subject of ongoing trade talks with the Yankees – was the Cubs’ pick to be the odd man out of the lineup tonight, despite strong career numbers against Arizona starter Ian Kennedy.
Sources say a deal is not expected today for Soriano, who must waive his full no-trade rights as part of the process.
Sources on both sides of the talks say how much of Soriano’s remaining $25 million in salary the Yankees will accept remains a key part of the equation. But it’s not expected to be a complicated negotiation, barring a refusal by Soriano to return to his original team.
Soriano said Tuesday he’s willing to consider the Yankees and he has met with team president Theo Epstein to “go over the options.”
The Cubs called Soriano’s absence from Wednesday’s lineup “a scheduled day off.”
Hot-starting rookie Junior Lake, who has earned a continued place in the lineup, took Soriano’s spot in left Wednesday.
Both DeJesus and right-fielder Nate Schierholtz also are being shopped by the Cubs for potential trades before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.