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Surging Soriano creates trade value
Just when it looked like Alfonso Soriano would stay in a Cubs uniform at least through the seventh year of his eight-year mega-deal, the 37-year-old outfielder has pulled off the improbable:
He has regained the attention of teams looking for offensive help at the trade deadline with a torrid 10-game surge.
Soriano, who had two steals and a home run Monday for the first time since his 40-40 season in 2006 with Washington, is hitting .381 with six homers, four doubles and 15 RBIs in the 10 games since he got back-to-back games off in Milwaukee.
“Obviously, it’s been the Sori show for the last 10 days or so,” manager Dale Sveum said. “He’s playing like a 30-year-old guy.”
The $136-million left fielder has said through the last few years of trade rumors that he likes playing in Chicago and isn’t looking for a trade, but he reiterated that he’s open to waiving his full no-trade rights if the Cubs want to deal him.
One thing he won’t do, he said, is deliver a preemptive, blanket rejection of any trade, regardless of how much he loves the city and Wrigley Field.
“I never say that to [team president Theo Epstein] because I don’t want to be on this team if they don’t want me here,” he said, “so it’s kind of hard and selfish to think I want to stay here. If they want me to stay here I’ll stay here, but if they don’t want me to, the door is open.”
Until then, “I have a good time and take just one day at a time and enjoy my time.”
Soriano, who turned down a possible trade to eventual World Series champ San Francisco last summer, said during the recent road trip he might be more open to more teams this time around because of where the team is competitively and because at the time it looked like his playing time could go down.
He said Monday night after going 3-for-4 with a walk in an 8-2 win over the Sox that he still would seek the right fit if a potential trade was presented to him.
“For sure, if somebody asks for me, they have to be a contender for the playoffs. A good city, I guess,” he said. “But I don’t want to think about it. Just see what happens. There’s three or four weeks left, and we’ll see what happens.”