You can largely knock Alfonso Soriano’s no-trade clause off the list of reasons he won’t be traded before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline this year.

So, now we’re just left with declining production, advancing age, terrible defense, and an unconscionable contract.

“I’m not worried, because I don’t have control of the situation,” Soriano said yesterday when asked about a possible trade. “I don’t want to try to not get traded if [the Cubs] want to trade me.”

Soriano did caution that he likes Chicago and wouldn’t mind staying, but it sounds like he’d move on if the Cubs were able to find a taker.

But, of course, there’s the rub. Soriano is owed about $7 million for the rest of this season, and then another $18 million in 2012. And $18 million in 2013. And $18 million in 2014. To trade Soriano, the Cubs would have to make those numbers look a whole lot more palatable – by eating half or more.

Soriano hasn’t made it easy on the Cubs if they are indeed trying to deal him. His numbers have been on a steady retreat since early June, languishing now in the .255/.300/.455 range, and he hasn’t hit a homer in over a month.

More likely than a trade, the Cubs will face a tough decision in the offseason about Soriano – whether to let him enter 2012 as the starting left fielder, or whether it’s time to bite the bullet and move on. That could mean a release, or the most expensive bench job in baseball history.

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  • Joe

    With the rest of the problems, I completely forgot that he had a no-trade clause! And what does he mean he doesn’t have much control over a trade? When they were negotiating his contract, did he not realize that in whatever position he would be in, he would have a complete strangle-hold on it! The contract pretty much screams “I have to play no matter how bad I am.”.

  • RY34

    cut your losses, ask him if you can pay him out for the next 10 years for him to just go away! hopefully he is dumb enough to agree to it.