Alfonso Soriano knew what was coming when he heard Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured right forearm after being hit by a pitch in a Grapefruit League game on Sunday.
Would the Cubs outfielder be interested in waiving his no-trade clause if the Yankees called the Cubs about a trade?
"I hope they don't look that way because I'm feeling comfortable here and I believe in this team," he said. "We have a better chance this year."
Whether the Yankees would seek Soriano is a question that sprung to mind because he came up in that organization and the Cubs have been forthcoming about their willingness to eat a significant portion of the remaining $36 million left on his contract.
"I don't like to say no," Soriano said. "That's the team that opened the door for me in the big leagues. But, like I said, that was a long time ago. ... It happened today, so I don't know if they want to call (the Cubs) or not. But if they call for me I have to think about it. I'm 37 years old, so I have to think about it first, what's good for me and the team and my family too."
Soriano told the Cubs in July he would accept a trade to the Yankees because they were contenders. This time he wasn't as willing to make that commitment.
"Now it's 2013 and there are no contenders because the season hasn't started yet," he said. "We've got to see how we play first, and after that, maybe after a couple months, if we're not good then maybe they can decide what they want to do with me."
Granderson is expected back in 10 weeks, so the Yankees may not be interested in Soriano in a couple of months, even if they are interested now.
Alfonso Soriano not sure he would leave for Yankees
Chicago Tribune | Feb 25