Rangers expect Soriano to stay

Rangers expect Soriano to stay

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers expect Alfonso Soriano in uniform Tuesday -- a Texas uniform.

"There is no trade or pending trade despite reports to the contrary and we expect him to be here this year and at a minimum, next year," Rangers assistant general manager Jon Daniels said. "Since we acquired him from the Yankees, there has been endless speculation about where he might be headed. We have been consistent in saying that he is a piece of the puzzle we are putting together."

A recent report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram stated the Minnesota Twins claimed Soriano off waivers in part to block a trade to another team but said a deal between the two clubs was not likely. Daniels would not confirm the report, saying, "This is the time of year most players in the league go through the process but we are not going to justify any specific report."

Last month, the Rangers and the Twins talked about Soriano before the July 31 trade deadline, but could not come to an agreement because the Rangers reportedly wanted highly touted Minor League pitcher Francisco Liriano and the Twins were not willing to part with him.

According to the report, should the clubs not come to an agreement by Monday, the Rangers can pull Soriano back or let him go to the Twins. If he is pulled back, Soriano cannot be traded for the rest of the season.

The Rangers had previously hinted at the possibility of offering Soriano a multiyear deal, but Daniels refused to offer any details regarding future negotiations with the All-Star second baseman.

Acquired from the Yankees in the deal that sent Alex Rodriguez to New York before the 2004 season, Soriano signed a one-year deal worth $7.5 million with the Rangers before the 2005 season to avoid arbitration. He remains arbitration-eligible and could become a free agent after the 2006 season.

"There's not much to tell," Daniels said.

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.