Soriano does not like to prepare if it's not absolutely necessary

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Alfonso Soriano got an unexpected day off yesterday, and he wasn’t happy about it:

Soriano was miffed when he learned his name wasn’t in the starting lineup Wednesday after he had a pair of hits Tuesday night.

“That’s why I’m mad,” Soriano said. “If he had told me yesterday,
then I wouldn’t come today ready to play . . . I think he could have
said to me last night, ‘OK, take a day off,’ especially because
[Thursday] is an off day. I’d be like, ‘OK, I’ll take the two [days].’
But I like to know before I come here.”

Look, I don’t for a second know what goes into preparing to do battle
on a Major League ballfield. I mean, I’m sure there are all kinds of
samurai-like rites and rituals involving incense and self-flagellation
and everything else, and that whether one endures it all is contingent
upon whether one knows ahead of time if one is going to be in the
starting lineup. But it does strike me that even if one knows he’s not going to play that day, that one would still, generally speaking, come “ready to play.”

More seriously speaking, I can see it if Soriano was mad that he wasn’t
playing because he, you know, wanted to play, but being angry because
he was forced to mentally prepare himself to play for a few hours on a
Wednesday morning makes little sense to me.

What is Soriano really mad about? If he knew he wasn’t
starting ahead of time would he have had a slumber party with the girls
the night before? Watched the entire fifth season of “Stargate:
Atlantis” and made nachos? Why doesn’t the media ask the things we want
to know about?

More importantly, what’s Soriano gonna do about it?

Asked if he would talk to Piniella about his complaint, Soriano simply replied: “No.”

OK, then.

Report: Padres interested in Maikel Franco

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The Padres may have some interest in acquiring Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, according to a recent report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It seems unlikely that the team would deal their starting third baseman with J.P. Crawford (fractured left hand) sidelined through July; to that end, however, they signed infielder Danny Espinosa as minor league depth on Friday and have reportedly been eying the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, among other veteran options.

Franco, 25, entered Sunday batting .255/.297/.425 with nine home runs and a .721 OPS in 229 plate appearances this season. While he has yet to live up to the .280+ average, 1.9+ fWAR he posted during his rookie campaign, he’s been a solid 20+ home run producer over the last few years and shown some stability at the hot corner. He’s also under team control for the next three years and could provide some much-needed insurance behind the Padres’ current third base option, 27-year-old Christian Villanueva.

Rosenthal notes that the Phillies could strike a deal for one of San Diego’s relievers, though no one specific has been connected to the team yet — and the club probably wouldn’t be able to finesse a one-for-one deal given the quality of the Padres’ pitchers. The Phillies’ bullpen has looked downright abysmal over the last month, placing 11th-worst in the league with a collective 5.34 ERA and 0.3 fWAR. Their failure to procure a viable reliever beyond Seranthony Dominguez, Victor Arano and Edubray Ramos lends a certain urgency to any potential deal they make over the next few weeks, though the official trade deadline is still over a month away.