Cabrera Fallout: Soriano, Cubs, Giants, Dodgers

Alfonso Soriano told Theo Epstein & Co. that he would not accept a trade to the Giants when San Francisco showed interest in him prior to the July 31st deadline.  The club may have renewed interest in the veteran after Melky Cabrera was hit with a 50-game suspension, but the Cubs outfielder says that he still doesn't think that the Giants would be a good fit for him, writes Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.  "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 said.  More on Cabrera and the Giants.. 

  • The suspension changes the complexion of the National League West race, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  Cabrera theoretically could return to action for the sixth game of the postseason, but it's unlikely that the Giants would leave a roster spot open for him without knowing what he'll be able to contribute.
  • Cabrera's sudden turnaround in San Francisco seemed too good to be true, and it turns out that it was, writes Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.  It's possible that teams will entirely discount his strong play in 2012 when he's on the open market this winter, but others may seize the opportunity to buy low.
  • Cabrera's agents didn't pursue an in-season extension once they were notified of his positive test, Heyman tweets
  • There's no doubt that the Giants heard of Cabrera's positive test at the time they acquired Hunter Pence, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post.  While the official word didn't come out until this afternoon, there were strong whispers of the news in late July.
  • Dave Cameron of Fangraphs opines that Cabrera might have cost himself $60-70MM this winter.  Cameron also doesn't see the 28-year-old having many suitors in free agency.
  • The Giants appear to be in serious trouble without their star slugger, but that doesn't mean that the Dodgers can rest on their laurels and celebrate, writes Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times.


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63 Comments on "Cabrera Fallout: Soriano, Cubs, Giants, Dodgers"


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BlueSkyLA
2 years 10 months ago

Al thinks the weather in Chicago is better than in San Francisco? If I was a San Franciscan, I’d call that an automatic disqualifier!

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fitz
2 years 10 months ago

Probably just doesn’t want to move to California. Can’t blame him for that.

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gmenfan
2 years 10 months ago

What you can blame him for is choosing to remain on a losing club that is clearly rebuilding. A club that, if not for his bloated contract, would have happily run him out of town years ago. So much for that ‘just want to win’ arritude.

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Patick L
2 years 10 months ago

I’ve lived in both Chicago and S.F. S.F. weather wins HANDS DOWN over Chicago. It’s not even close. And “visiting” Chicago or S.F. doesn’t count. I love Chicago as a city, but weather wise it is MUCH nicer and easier physically on the body than playing in Chicago during the summer months. Plus read above about his stats. They are better playing in S.F. than Chicago.
P.S. I still luvs my Cubs!

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Crucisnh
2 years 10 months ago

What are the state income tax rates in Illinois and California. I suspect that the difference may not be all that much, certainly not as great as between a no state income tax state vs. CA, for example. But it could be something on a player’s mind when considering whether or not to approve of a trade.

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itsmewade
2 years 10 months ago

“San Francisco is not good weather to play in. It’s on the West Coast and I’ve never played on the West Coast.”

How does that make any sense Alfonso? If you’ve never played on the West Coast, then how do you know that’s it’s not good weather to play in? Plus, he’s playing in freaking CHICAGO! How is their weather?

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tfence
2 years 10 months ago

It’s a lot easy to hit in Chicago than it is SF.
Not even an argument…

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bigbird24
2 years 10 months ago

It’s a lot easier to lose too, I don’t understand this nimrod’s logic other than that it clearly shows he cares nothing about winning at this point.

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TyMxx
2 years 10 months ago

No he does but Cubs fans have seen that he’s a pretty big family man and they like Chicago.

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bigbird24
2 years 10 months ago

IF his family was made up of dead presidents he’s been stealing for the last four seasons then I’d believe you.

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TyMxx
2 years 10 months ago

Is that your attempt to comment on the fact he’s over paid? Come on junior. I hope you can do better than that. No matter if he goes to San Fran or the American League, Chicago is paying at least $35-$42m on his contract. The guy is getting paid regardless where he’s at.

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TyMxx
2 years 10 months ago

Not to mention the outfield in Wrigley is a heck of a lot shorter than in San Francisco.

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Robb Logan
2 years 10 months ago

It is a bad statement on his part no doubt. I think the truth here is much more simple though. I play in a band box hitters park and playing in San Fran will make me look bad. I want personal stats and not team glory.

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itsmewade
2 years 10 months ago

I agree.

Guest
2 years 10 months ago

so true

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scott brecht
2 years 10 months ago

You haven’t watched a lot of baseball at wrigley, have you?

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Robb Logan
2 years 10 months ago

more than you have apparently. Wrigley is a hitters park and everyone knows that. Your comment inclines that it is not a hitters park. Soriano and his numbers since his contract he signed in Chicago are bad but it does not change the simple fact of which park hitters usually stroke in.

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scott brecht
2 years 10 months ago

It is a hitters park when the wind is blowing out. When it is blowing in, nothing will even get to the warning track.

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gmenfan
2 years 10 months ago

Soriano’s career lines …

@AT&T Park: 288/.345/.635 w/ a homerun every 11 plate appearances
@Wrigley Field:.264/.315/.476 w/ a homerun every 23 plate appearances

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Robb Logan
2 years 10 months ago

to bad Soriano probably has zero clue of that stat line. I can respect
it if it is a family decision but Soriano has always been such a me me
me type player I highly doubt that is the case. That is a great stat
line you found thanks for sharing it.

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gmenfan
2 years 10 months ago

Agreed. If this is a family thing then you can’t fault him at all.

That being said, his “west coast” weather ploy rings a little hollow considering that it was reported before the deadline that he would waive his no-trade clause for the proposed deal that would have sent him to the Dodgers.

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Slopeboy
2 years 10 months ago

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Could also be a ploy to pick up some more money. He’ll accept more $$ to waive the No-Trade clause. Others have done that in the past, many add contenders to their lists just for that reason.

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Robb Logan
2 years 10 months ago

It is a solid thought and he knows he wont get paid again with another fat contract. But he should look in the mirror at his numbers since signing this last contract and understand teams wont want to pay him even more for an average at best player in terms of all around play. He dropped his stock so bad that even with the Melky suspension I do not think they would pay him more $$$$ through what 2014 when they can probably find another at a cheaper rate this coming offseason. Blanco should be a decent enough 50 game replacement I would think and maybe someone else on the waiver wire who is more cost controlled.

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JR_Tolls1
2 years 10 months ago

Does he not follow the team for road games?

Cause I’m sure I’ve seen him there.

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Greg Burress
2 years 10 months ago

The Chicago weather is bright and sunny. At least in his mind it is, bright with one hundred dollar bills where he isn’t expected to win. This clown does not care about winning. He is a liar. He said at the deadline no deal was brought to him despite the fact that has been proven untrue from his statement above. Don’t believe him when he says it’s the weather or he wants to play for a contender. He wants to sit in LF in Chi and make his money and never be asked to win….a true CLOWN

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gmenfan
2 years 10 months ago

Hit the nail on the head.

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YanksFanSince78
2 years 10 months ago

Soriano has got to be the dullest person in league. How in the WORLD after 15 years in baseball can he say he never played on the West Coast? What? He never traveled with the team on West Coast runs? Geesh.

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YanksFanSince78
2 years 10 months ago

Soriano has got to be the dullest person in league. How in the WORLD after 15 years in baseball can he say he never played on the West Coast? What? He never traveled with the team on West Coast runs? Geesh.

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Giorgi Almonte
2 years 10 months ago

I think its more about his family, its not easy…

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Chiburgh
2 years 10 months ago

I simply took it as him saying, the cold and rainy weather in San Fran will make his arthritic knees hurt more that they already do.

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DerekJeterDan
2 years 10 months ago

Dave Cameron: “Melky you might have cost yourself $60-70MM this winter. Now I don’t see you having many suitors in free agency. What do you have to say for yourself?”

Melky Cabrera: “Thank you, the fans.”

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55saveslives
2 years 10 months ago

wow, this response is soooo overused already!

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DerekJeterDan
2 years 10 months ago

The original one who overused it was Cabrera during his ASG Postgame press conference. I find it pretty comical and it lightens the mood on what was a pretty serious day in the world of baseball. Never a bad thing to laugh once in a while.

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55saveslives
2 years 10 months ago

and several others in threads on this site today.

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DerekJeterDan
2 years 10 months ago

At the very least, it takes the headlines away from Tim Tebow.

Felix Hernandez pitching a perfect game today is the cherry on top.

“A monumental day in sports” – Gary Cohen, SNY

Guest
2 years 10 months ago

No Steve Dilbeck you are wrong i shall celebrate!!! now let me celebrate dammit!!

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Eric
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks Melky for costing me in Fantasy.