The Soriano watch is on and there's been tons of media reports to report that a deal is close since Tom wrote about it this morning. It appears, as expected, that Alfonso Soriano is willing to go to the Yankees and all that's left is to decide is the money and the prospect that the Cubs will get in return. Of course, those two things are related.
Soriano expects to be traded at this point.
"Sometimes we have to move."
David DeJesus has been activated and is in the starting lineup and will be leading off and playing CF. Junior Lake moves to the 2nd spot and is playing LF in place of Soriano, who is getting "a scheduled day off".
In other news, Mike Olt is making his debut tonight for the Iowa Cubs while Patrick Mooney reports that, while the Cubs are not out of the Miguel Gonzalez sweepstakes, it appears to be a longshot. It's about money and it's likely that the Cubs feel Gonzalez is overvalued -- perhaps because they also see the risk that he may end up being a reliever.
One last note: For those worried about Paul Blackburn, he had a sore triceps but is fine.
- DeJesus CF
- Lake LF
- Rizzo 1B
- Schierholtz RF
- Castro SS
- Valbuena 3B
- Barney 2B
- Castillo C
- Samardzija P
What to Watch For:
Felzz: Let's see if Nate Schieholtz can build off his home run last night and go on a mini-tear....
John: I just want to see Jeff Samardzija step up dominate like he's capable. I want to see him shut down the Diamondbacks lineup today.
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