There’s a Chance Alfonso Soriano May Be Traded After All and Other Bullets

You know who could really use a good outing today? Randy Wells. I’m scratching my head trying to remember (without looking) his last “very solid” outing. And, as little as W/L matters, Wells hasn’t put up a “W” since his first start of the season on April 4. Maybe I can remember his last very solid outing…

  • Alfonso Soriano hadn’t homered in a month when he blasted one yesterday. He thinks he had started to press, and used Thursday’s off-day to clear his mind. Hopefully it’s worked, and he’ll keep driving the ball for at least, oh, let’s say, the next week.
  • Speaking of which, I’m hearing that teams are, in fact, checking in with the Cubs to see just how much of Soriano’s remaining contract the Cubs are willing to eat. We learned earlier in the week that the Cubs might be willing to eat a “high percentage” of his deal. It sounds like there’s at least a reasonable chance that Soriano’s dealt before the trade deadline.
  • Carlos Marmol struck out the two batters he faced yesterday, and it sounds like he’ll be back in the closer’s role by today or tomorrow.
  • Mike Quade is still talking about that popup non-error by Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney the other day. I guess he keeps getting asked about it, and it’s part of Quade’s style not to dodge any questions, but, like, let’s move on.
  • Jon Heyman says he’s heard Kerry Wood would not approve any trade out of Chicago. Previously, Wood said he was very, very unlikely to approve a trade, so he kind of fell off my radar a couple weeks ago (it didn’t hurt that his post-blister performance floundered as well). This only strengthens that fall.
  • Bruce Levine digs up a source to say that Pat Gillick would specifically consider a job with the Chicago Cubs. It’s only a tiny bit further than the post from yesterday went (which was that Gillick would consider a president-level job with another MLB club, which could include the Cubs), so it gets only a bullet.
  • The second annual casino night put on by Ryan Dempster, which raises money for the Dempster Family Foundation (which helps families affected by DiGeorge Syndrome, from which Dempster’s daughter suffers), was a huge success. Some of the money will even be used to help a family affected by the tornados in Tuscaloosa earlier this year.


Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

15 responses to “There’s a Chance Alfonso Soriano May Be Traded After All and Other Bullets”

  1. ry

    Randy wells will continue his streak and give up 2 runs in the first inning today. Lopez should be pitching while Wells is given time to work on his mechanics and anchor like falling confidence!

  2. STG3


    Did you read the Article on by Dave Kaplan? Great stuff almos as good as your.

  3. awesome

    here’s my take on this Quade thing.

    Castro called for the ball, lost it in the sun, happens to everyone. Quade didn’t have to chew anyone out, especially in the media.

    the problem was Barney should have been closer to Castro in case of something like this. anytime there is a pop up between infielders, that also goes between infielder/outfielder, the 2nd guy should be as close to the caller as he can for back up.

    Barney actually stopped when Castro called for the ball. I’m not bashing Barney, I’m saying they learned from that, so if anything, Quade should have reminded them as well as all the fielders to always be in position for back up. there was no reason for chewing anyone out, Quade was wrong in my eyes.

  4. Dan0mite

    Heard on CTL yesterday that the Cubs are willing to eat $45 million of Soriano’s remaining contract.

  5. ry

    Good points Brett re Lopez.

  6. DaveB23

    so your tellin me theres a chance……….. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! (Lovin the Dumb n Dumber reference Brett)

  7. Caleb

    Whoa…. what was all that one in a million talk?