With the recent news that San Francisco outfielder Melky Cabrera has been suspended for positive drug test, Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano's name is once again at the forefront of the league's juiciest trade talks.
But even after the 36-year-old slugger already refused a deal at the deadline when the Giants came calling last month, baseball insiders have publicly wondered if Soriano would reconsider such a move upon hearing the news. Soriano, though, told Chicago Tribune reporter Paul Sullivan on Wednesday that he's still not too keen on playing for the Giants:
"I don't think so," Soriano said. "San Francisco is not good weather to play in. It's on the West Coast and I've never played on the West Coast. We'll see what happens if they call. I'll talk to my family then and see. It's not my call. i know it's 50 percent of my call, but it's my family's (call) too. I'd talk to my family and see what happens."
Soriano's contract stipulates that he'll be able to shoot down any deal he's not 100% on-board with, so there's not really much the Cubs can do if he's fully opposed to San Francisco. Melky Cabrera's ill-timed suspension certainly makes the Giants buyers at the moment, although it appears unlikely Soriano's name will be involved.
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