The Cubs dropped a 3-1 decision last night to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Alfonso Soriano sat and watched.
Soriano was in the original starting lineup but was pulled as his trade to the Yankees became imminent. The Yankees prefer their players to be injured in pinstripes.
Following the game, and before Soriano’s red-eye flight to New York, he said goodbye to his teammates in the visitors clubhouse after the game. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said, “I know this impacted a lot of people on the field. There were some pretty emotional guys in BP and after.”
“After the game we got everybody together to say our good-byes,” Sveum said. “It was emotional for all of us. You don’t usually gather teams together that often when people get traded to say your goodbyes. That just shows you the kind of person he is.”
Gordon Wittenmyer points out in today’s Chicago Sun-Times that with the deal for Sori in place, the Cubs’ second-year front office of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer has shed the roster of the last inherited player with no-trade rights. They’ve now dealt Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster and Carlos Marmol — all players with at least partial no-trade rights.
|CHC (7 yrs)||889||3696||3403||469||898||218||13||181||526||70||20||245||829||.264||.317||.495||.812|
|NYY (5 yrs)||501||2150||2010||326||571||124||10||98||270||121||36||91||430||.284||.322||.502||.824|
|TEX (2 yrs)||301||1340||1245||179||341||75||6||64||195||48||7||66||246||.274||.316||.498||.814|
|WSN (1 yr)||159||728||647||119||179||41||2||46||95||41||17||67||160||.277||.351||.560||.911|