Alfonso Soriano might be a perfect fit for the San Francisco Giants, now that Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games for violating baseball's drug policy.
But it's unlikely to happen, at least anytime soon.
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"I don't think so because San Francisco is not good weather to play in," Soriano said Wednesday after the Cubs beat the Houston Astros 7-2. "It's on the West Coast, and I've never played on the West Coast. But we'll see what happens, if they call. I'll talk with my family and see. It's not my call. I know it's 50 percent of my call, but it's my family's, too."
Soriano can veto any trade involving him because of his 10-and-5 rights. He has been in the major leagues for more than 10 years and five with one club. He is in the sixth season of an eight-year, $136 million contract.
He reportedly has cleared waivers, a given considering the size of his contract. It's also been a good season for Soriano, who leads the Cubs with 21 home runs and 71 RBI.
DeJesus hits 2:
Right fielder David DeJesus not only hit 2 homers Wednesday, but they were his first 2 at Wrigley Field.
"It's official now; I got one here," said DeJesus, who also had 2 singles and an intentional walk. "Yeah, it was a good day."
DeJesus said he was glad the wind was blowing out. The wind has blown in often from right field, which makes it tough for left-handed hitters such as DeJesus.
"It's funny," he said. "The other day, when I hit one off of Bronson (the Reds' Arroyo), it was caught against the wall. I came running in. Dale (manager Sveum) was like, 'You should have at least 10 right now.'"
Quality pitching effort:
Starting pitcher Justin Germano tossed a quality start Wednesday, working 6 innings and giving up 5 hits and 2 runs. He evened his record to 2-2 with a 3.91 ERA. He has been a serviceable starter for the Cubs since they traded Ryan Dempster and Paul Maholm and put Matt Garza on the disabled list.
"I've been able to put together a pretty good year in Triple-A and the big leagues, and I'm just trying to keep that consistency," said Germano, obtained in a trade with Boston last month.
Extras for Jackson:
Center fielder Brett Jackson recorded his first major-league extra-base hit, an RBI triple in the second inning. He doubled in the sixth.
"I put together a couple nice at-bats," he said. "I was seeing the ball a lot better. Baby steps, but it's moving in the right direction."
Jackson is hitting .188 with 18 strikeouts in 32 at-bats.