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Wrigley reno may keep Soriano in Chicago

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08:16 AM ET 04.08 | Whether or not they're on the roster when Wrigley Field's renovations are fully complete, Cubs players are excited about them in theory. "By 2015, I don't know where I'll be," said left fielder Alfonso Soriano, whose eight-year contract is up after next year. "Maybe I'll go back as a fan and watch the game. Maybe throw out the first pitch." Maybe he'll stick around for the duration of the contract, whether the Cubs want to trade him or not. Soriano, who has full no-trade rights, said the thought of opening next season with a new clubhouse, dugout, weight room and underground batting cage might make him even less amenable to leaving. "I want to feel comfortable," he said.

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April 8, 2013  08:32 AM ET

His contract keeps him there more than anything.

April 8, 2013  08:45 AM ET

whatever... I am supposed to care about Soriano and where he will play? He ain't even close to being Mr. Cub (Flips quarter to Ernie Banks)

April 8, 2013  09:44 AM ET

the only way i see him being involved with the first pitch is if they give all the fans a ball and then allow Soriano to be pelted by those same fans while he stands on the mound unprotected.

April 8, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

whatever... I am supposed to care about Soriano and where he will play? He ain't even close to being Mr. Cub (Flips quarter to Ernie Banks)

A quarter well spent - him and Ryan Sandburg.....(Ernie first and foremost though)....

April 8, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

whatever... I am supposed to care about Soriano and where he will play? He ain't even close to being Mr. Cub (Flips quarter to Ernie Banks)

Oh - and a Quarter - well spent.

April 8, 2013  10:18 AM ET

If that's going to keep Soriano in Chicago, the Cubs brass will be rethinking whether they want to renovate after all. They've been trying to dump that contract for a while now.

April 8, 2013  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

A quarter well spent - him and Ryan Sandburg.....(Ernie first and foremost though)....

Ryan?

April 8, 2013  10:59 AM ET

No worries Moose. He spelled Sandberg wrong too. :)

April 8, 2013  11:00 AM ET

It's Monday morning. Unlimited mulligans!

April 8, 2013  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Ryan?

Sorry - mispelled it all over the place.... and being a STL fan - guess I'll just have to call that a happenstance of a rival club.....

April 8, 2013  01:59 PM ET

Soriano's a decent guy and an above average player who gets too much grief because the previous GM went crazy and over paid him.

If some one came to me and guaranteed me twice what I was actually worth to do what I was going to do anyway (and I knew they could afford it), I wouldn't turn it down. Would you?

April 8, 2013  02:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

the only way i see him being involved with the first pitch is if they give all the fans a ball and then allow Soriano to be pelted by those same fans while he stands on the mound unprotected.

This doesn't make any sense at all. There's no reason for fans to dislike Soriano. He tries hard, he's a stand up guy with the press, he's even worked on his formerly atrocious, now merely average defense in left field.

For all the abuse he's taken and all the talk radio callers who want to trade him for a bag of balls, he's never lashed out at the fans or media.

This isn't Todd Hundley or LaTroy Hawkins who made enemies of the fans. It's not even Jacques Jones, who was just bad as a Cub and never should have been signed. Soriano has been very productive, probably the best hitter on the team since he's been here. The fact that he was given such a generous contract doesn't reflect poorly on him, it reflects poorly on Jim Hendry.

Cubs fans need to be a little smarter with the Soriano hate, because he's not really worthy of even mild disdain.

April 8, 2013  02:58 PM ET

wiseup: Cub fans should be grateful Soriano had the year he had last year. Without Sorianos RBI production last year thr Cubs might have lost 120 games last year. Count your blessings you have his bat in the lineup. he has improved his defense. Castro and Barney can get on base but not the RBI producers. Rizzo has yet to live up to expectations yet. Besides who would you get for soriano? More prospects? The Cubs have a lot of growing(losses) pains ahead for the next several years.

April 8, 2013  03:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

This doesn't make any sense at all. There's no reason for fans to dislike Soriano. He tries hard, he's a stand up guy with the press, he's even worked on his formerly atrocious, now merely average defense in left field.For all the abuse he's taken and all the talk radio callers who want to trade him for a bag of balls, he's never lashed out at the fans or media.This isn't Todd Hundley or LaTroy Hawkins who made enemies of the fans. It's not even Jacques Jones, who was just bad as a Cub and never should have been signed. Soriano has been very productive, probably the best hitter on the team since he's been here. The fact that he was given such a generous contract doesn't reflect poorly on him, it reflects poorly on Jim Hendry.Cubs fans need to be a little smarter with the Soriano hate, because he's not really worthy of even mild disdain.

calm down...put Hendry out there instead if you want.

April 8, 2013  04:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

This doesn't make any sense at all. There's no reason for fans to dislike Soriano. He tries hard, he's a stand up guy with the press, he's even worked on his formerly atrocious, now merely average defense in left field.For all the abuse he's taken and all the talk radio callers who want to trade him for a bag of balls, he's never lashed out at the fans or media.This isn't Todd Hundley or LaTroy Hawkins who made enemies of the fans. It's not even Jacques Jones, who was just bad as a Cub and never should have been signed. Soriano has been very productive, probably the best hitter on the team since he's been here. The fact that he was given such a generous contract doesn't reflect poorly on him, it reflects poorly on Jim Hendry.Cubs fans need to be a little smarter with the Soriano hate, because he's not really worthy of even mild disdain.

This!!! ^^

April 8, 2013  04:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

calm down...put Hendry out there instead if you want.

He's right. Soriano may be overpaid thanks to Cubs mismanagement but Soriano is not a cancer. I always liked him in his Yankee days. He appeared to be a quiet guy who always had a smile on his face.

April 8, 2013  07:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

A quarter well spent - him and Ryan Sandburg.....(Ernie first and foremost though)....

I'd put Billy Williams in there as well.

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April 9, 2013  01:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

This guy is a perfect fit in Detroit by July. Marmol and Soriano to the Tigers for Matt Hoffman and Nick Castellanos

Good idea but unless those players were former Red Sox players or farm players, Theo wouldn't want them.

 
April 10, 2013  06:23 PM ET

Ja hey der, if the Cubbies get rid of Soriano, KenoshaMark wouldn't have any reason to slap it!!!

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