Soriano open to moving from leadoff
Cubs manager Piniella has been mulling a change to lineup
MESA, Ariz. -- Alfonso Soriano said Tuesday he's OK with Lou Piniella's idea to move the left fielder out of the leadoff spot in the Cubs' lineup.
Soriano, who reported to camp Tuesday with the rest of the position players, said he talked to Piniella about the change at the Cubs Convention.
"At this moment, it's not my decision, it's Lou Piniella's decision," Soriano said. "He's the manager. He wants to do what's best for the team. I'm open to him."
Spring Training would be the perfect time to experiment, too.
"If Lou wants to do that, I think now is the right time," Soriano said.
The Cubs were 69-36 with Soriano as the leadoff man last year, yet he's been queried about whether he's right for the spot since his arrival.
"I'm not tired about [talking about] it, but it's interesting," Soriano said. "Every year, it's the same question. I don't know about this year. We'll see."
So, where would he like to hit in the lineup?
"[Just] be in the lineup, that's my preference," Soriano said, not picking one spot. "I like to play and be in the lineup. That's more important to me than anything."
Soriano, 33, has stolen 19 bases in each of his two seasons in Chicago, well off the pace from his previous seasons. He's had leg injuries during that time which have contributed to him slowing down. Soriano said he still wants to be aggressive on the bases.
"The most important thing is to try to stay healthy," he said.
Told that Piniella also wants to give the regulars more rest during the season to keep them fresh, Soriano smiled.
"That's his idea," Soriano said. "He knows I like to play every day."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.