Thursday, March 21, 2013
Soriano, Marmol staying put...for now
By Jason Catania
The Chicago Cubs have made it known that they would like to move two of their remaining trade chips at some point, but that time may not come until the season is underway and the team gets some players back from injury.
Both outfielder Alfonso Soriano and closer Carlos Marmol have been mentioned -- practically on a daily basis -- as trade candidates, given that the Cubs are in rebuilding mode. There's been speculation linking Soriano to, among other teams, the New York Yankees after the Curtis Granderson injury, while Marmol's name has been thrown around as a possible fit for the Detroit Tigers in case the club's closer situation isn't resolved.
But as ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine said in a chat Tuesday, he doesn't expect either player to be traded before Opening Day.
Levine cited the many injuries to Cubs starters, including Matt Garza and Scott Baker, as a reason why Marmol will be important in the early going. The club will need to rely more on its bullpen. Still, with Kyuji Fujikawa, who was an elite closer in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, now in the mix, the Cubs likely have Marmol's replacement in house.
As for Soriano, ESPN Insider Jim Bowden has more on the outfielder's future:
Jim BowdenSoriano staying?
"Alfonso Soriano told me that he’d like to finish his contract with the Cubs, which runs through 2014. He said his knee was about 80 percent last year, which makes the fact he hit 32 homers all the more impressive. His goal is to win with the Cubs and his rejection of a trade to the Giants last year had more to do with their large outfield and concerns about how his knees would handle it. That doesn’t mean he would veto a trade, but most likely it would have to be to a team like the Yankees (DH option) or Phillies (smaller outfield) for him to waive his no-trade clause. Soriano’s work ethic and leadership with young players earns him constant praise in the Cubs' clubhouse, with many saying they have never had a better teammate than Soriano."