Kovacevic: Alfonso Soriano Declined Any Trade to Pirates

Dejan Kovacevic reported this evening that Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano told the Cubs he would not accept a trade to the Pirates.

Soriano would have been an intriguing trade target as he is still a very productive player and is signed through the 2014 season. He’s owed $18 million in each of the next two seasons, so the only way he was going anywhere was if Chicago picked up quite a bit of his salary. But the Cubs did express that they would be willing to take on salary in any trades in return of prospects.

Soriano also declined a trade to San Francisco, so it is safe to say he has a pretty short list overall. I mean, Pittsburgh and San Francisco are two pretty awesome cities. Perhaps he just really wants to stay in one place.

The now 36-year-old is hitting .272/.322/.499 with 19 home runs and is well like by defensive metrics ever since moving to left field. In fact, he leads all Major League left fielders this season in UZR.