It seems like with each passing season, the same thing is said. That being with another season off his contract, left fielder Alfonso Soriano is inching closer to being a viable trade candidate.
That statement never could be more true than it is this season. Soriano has one season remaining on his contract in which he is slated to earn $18 million in 2014. With only one season remaining on his contract, that makes Soriano much more valuable to an interested team than he has been in recent seasons.
Soriano, however, is struggling to show value as an offensive threat this season. In 172 at bats for the Cubs during the 2013 season, Soriano is hitting .262/.291/.395 to go along with 4 home runs and 16 RBIs.
Despite the slow-start, there is no question that the Cubs will attempt to trade Soriano at some point this season. As the team did last season when Soriano nixed a trade that would have sent him to the San Francisco Giants.
History may not repeat itself as Soriano indicated on Saturday that he is more likely to waive his no trade clause this season.
“Yeah,” Soriano said, he’s more likely to consider waiving his no-trade rights than he thought he might a few months ago. “But it depends on them. It depends what the team wants.-Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Sun Times
This is the same sentiment that Soriano has shared in the past. Soriano has always indicated that if the team did not want him, he would not stand in the way of the front office’s attempt to trade him. Though, that would seem to contradict the left fielder’s actions last season.
The Cubs are no strangers to no-trade clauses–remember Ryan Dempster? So there is reason to be cautious when a player with a no-trade clause speaks about whether or not he would accept a trade. Though, in the case of Soriano, the Cubs may be hard pressed to find a team interested in the slumping left fielder.