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.
"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.