Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano used his 10-and-5 rights to reject a possible trade that would have sent him to the San Francisco Giants, Soriano tells Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Since Soriano has at least 10 years of big league experience and at least five years with his current team, he can block a trade to any team.
However, Soriano was open to joining another team in the NL West, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Contrary to reports saying Soriano has given the front office a list of teams he's willing to join, Soriano said he only has told the Cubs ‘‘they can call, they can ask,'' and he'll consider the team.‘‘ The only thing I said yes to was the Dodgers,'' said Soriano, whom the Cubs proposed to the Dodgers in a package with Ryan Dempster.
Soriano will certainly be placed on waivers and should go unclaimed. The Cubs could then work out a trade with any team, but Soriano will ultimately have the final say because he holds 10-and-5 rights.