Trade rumors nothing new for Soriano
Outfielder says he won't stand in way if Cubs deal him at Deadline
CHICAGO -- Alfonso Soriano has heard the rumors. It's July, close to the Trade Deadline, and his name has been mentioned before.
"I don't worry," the Cubs outfielder said. "I don't have control of that situation."
Soriano, 35, would be an expensive addition for a team. His contract with the Cubs runs through 2014, and he is owed $18 million each year. He does have a full no-trade clause and is closing in on 10-and-5 status, but he said he would not get in the way if the Cubs approached him about a possible deal.
Soriano entered Tuesday's game against the Phillies just 1-for-14 since the All-Star break, batting .255 overall with 14 homers and 41 RBIs. However, he had not homered since June 19.
"At some point, you look at a guy's career and what he's done, and this is who he is," Cubs manager Mike Quade said of his streaky left fielder. "He's working every day to be consistent and get out of these funks quicker and not be so streaky.
"You never know -- he could have a big night tonight and go crazy for a few weeks," Quade said. "He is trying to get after it every night."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.