May 2, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carlos Marmol (49) is congratulated by left fielder Alfonso Soriano (12) at the end of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark. The Cubs defeated the Reds 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
As the days of August wind down, it is becoming less and less likely the Chicago Cubs will move outfielder Alfonso Soriano and closer Carlos Marmol on trade waivers this month, reports Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times:
With nine days left to trade players during the August waiver period, it’s looking less likely the Cubs will make another deal before the offseason. That increases the likelihood outfielder Alfonso Soriano and/or closer Carlos Marmol will open next season with the team.
The Cubs are still very open to making a move with Soriano and/or Marmol, who both cleared waivers earlier this month, but currently have "nothing in the works". If the Cubs cannot deal the two pricey veterans on the waiver wire, the pair may continue to draw interest in the offseason and at next year's trade deadline.
The 36-year-old Soriano still has two years and $36 million left on his contract, which includes a full no-trade clause, while Marmol, 29, has just one year left at $9.8 million.