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Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer was headed to Arizona on Tuesday to discuss trade scenarios with Alfonso Soriano, but Hoyer said nothing is imminent.
The New York Yankees have been watching Soriano and might be close to acquiring him, a major league source confirmed to ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine on Monday.
"If you're referring to that Soriano rumor, that's very premature," Hoyer said on MLB Network Radio. "We've had some discussions with some different teams about Sori, nothing close at all. That's not nearly as advanced as those reports make it seem."
Tim Naehring, a top assistant to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, has been scouting Chicago players since Friday in Colorado. Naehring, considered one of the top evaluators in the game, followed the Cubs to Arizona, where they are playing a four-game series this week.
A major league source confirmed the Yankees are looking for hitting due to the uncertain status of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, who are on the disabled list with injuries. Rodriguez also faces a possible suspension tied to his alleged involvement with the Biogenesis clinic.
Soriano also has 10-5 veto control of any trade the Cubs might want to make. Any player with 10 years in the major leagues and five years with the same team retains veto control. Soriano said no to a trade that would have sent him to the San Francisco Giants last summer.
"Last year, we sort of took things to (Soriano) on an individual basis, when teams asked about him," Hoyer said. "This year, I'm in an airport right now. We're heading out to Arizona. We'll probably sit down with Sori. We've been in touch with (his agent) about his thoughts. He's got 10-5, he has the right and earned the right to veto deals. We won't push in any direction, but we'll certainly give him some of the teams that have inquired about him and let him make that decision himself."
Soriano, 37, began his major league career with the Yankees in 1999. He was traded to the Texas Rangers for Rodriguez on Feb. 2, 2004, playing two seasons with the Rangers and one with the Washington Nationals before signing with the Cubs in November 2006. After this season, he will have one year remaining on an eight-year, $136 million contract.
"I don't even want to think about [a trade]," Soriano said when asked about his status before Monday's game. "This is July 22, and I want to think like it is August. I don't want to hear my name in trade deadline [discussions]."
Soriano was responding to questions about the Matt Garza deal and its effect on other trades the Cubs might want to make, and was unaware of the Yankees' interest when questioned by reporters Monday in Arizona. Soriano has said on numerous occasions that he would like to stay with the Cubs, although the temptation to return to New York and end his career where it began might be too great to resist.
Soriano is 11 hits shy of 2,000 and 11 home runs shy of 400. He is batting .256 with 17 homers and 51 RBIs this season.
"As far as other players, I think we'll certainly be active and have a lot of discussions with teams," Hoyer said. "We have players that have been asked about. We've had a disappointing season, but certainly have had some pretty good individual performances and so some of those players have been asked about and we'll continue to have those discussions. And if things make sense for our future, we'll pull the trigger."
ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine contributed to this story.