There were reports that the New York Yankees were close to deal with the Chicago Cubs to bring Alfonso Soriano back to the Bronx. However as the day crept forward it came out that the two sides were, in fact, not close to a deal.
Cubs general manager Theo Epstein said they aren’t the only team to call about Soriano as well.
“They’re not the first team to call,” Epstein said, via Muskat Ramblings. “They’re the first team to show up in the paper in their home city right away.”
Alfonso Soriano has avoided the topic so far and says there isn’t anything to think or talk about.
“I just focus, play baseball, play the game today,” he said. “If it happens, if I’m getting closer, I’ll think about it. Now, there’s nothing there. If the president and the GM don’t call my agent, it’s because nothing happened, nothing’s close. If it gets close, I want time to think about it. Now, there’s nothing to think about.”
Soriano would have to waive a no-trade clause for the deal, reports indicate that he would be willing to if a return to the Yankees was in the work.
“That’s my first organization, and I enjoyed my time with the Yankees,” he said. “They have a very good team. They are the Yankees. They always make the playoffs, no matter what team they have, no matter what pitching they’ve got. They always find a way. It’s one of the best organizations in baseball.”