- Doug Padilla, ESPN Staff Writer
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With the Giants losing left fielder Melky Cabrera for the rest of the regular season because of a failed drug test, Soriano could spark some renewed interest from San Francisco.
Players still can be traded after the July 31 non-waiver deadline; they just first have to pass through waivers. ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine confirmed Soriano cleared waivers, according to a source. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman first reported via Twitter on Wednesday that Soriano and closer Carlos Marmol had passed through waivers.
Soriano reportedly nixed a potential deal to the Giants in July and was asked Wednesday if he would go to them this time.
"I don't think so, because San Francisco is not good weather to play," Soriano said. "It's on the West Coast, and I never played on the West Coast. But we'll see what happens. I'll see if they call and talk with my family to see. It's not my call. So I want to talk with my family in case they call and see what happens."
As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approached, ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that Soriano notified the Cubs he was not interested in going to the Giants. Soriano has the right to veto any trade, an honor he earned from having played at least 10 years in the league and at least the last five with the same club. That veto power also applies to waiver deals.
Besides his weather concerns, other speculation circulated that Soriano's lack of interest in the Giants also stemmed from having to play at AT&T Park and dealing with its power-neutralizing effects. Not only does the Giants' home park have huge outfield dimensions, the ball doesn't seem to travel as well on the shore of the San Francisco Bay.
Since each team's playoff roster is due at the end of the month, a deal would have to be in place by Aug. 31 to make any traded player eligible for postseason play.