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Monday, February 27, 2012
Soriano uncomfortable on trading block

By Bruce Levine



All indications are the Cubs spent the winter trying to move Alfonso Soriano. As the team enters its second week of spring training, however, the highly-paid slugger is on track to be the Opening Day left fielder.

That's not to say he'll end the season in Chicago. Soriano, 36, still may be open to a move, if the club can find a trading partner.

”I didn’t feel comfortable when I heard my name part of the trade rumors, but then again it is a part of the game,” Soriano said Monday. “That did not happen, so now I have more important things to think about.”

Soriano has complete 10-and-5 rights that allow him to block any trade. But he still may be open to going elsewhere.

”It depends," Soriano said. "If they want to trade me, I don’t want to say no, but it depends on what team they want to trade me to."

It has been speculated that Soriano would OK a trade to the New York Yankees. Beyond that, he may be content to remain with the Cubs.

One player told ESPNChicago.com that Soriano wants to stay with the Cubs, but he wants to hear that they still want him. Soriano had his best season as a Cub from a run production standpoint in 2011, driving in 88 runs while hitting 26 homers. The Cubs owe Soriano $54 million over the next three seasons.