The MLB Winter Meetings are probably the best time for baseball fanatics as you hear so many rumors and so many deals get done during this time. One deal that could possibly happen during the week is the Chicago Cubs trading Alfonso Soriano away. The Cubs are planning to shop Soriano during the meetings as the team looks to deal him prior to the July 31 trade deadline next season.
One of the few downsides about Soriano is that he will still be owed $36 million over the next two seasons and he has a full no-trade clause in his contract. The Cubs hope that the kind of market that gets Jonny Gomes a two-year, $10 million deal with the Boston Red Sox could play in favor with a trade.
It will not be easy to find a team that will take Soriano and his huge contract. However, for any team interested in right-handed power, he could be a good fit. Soriano has spent the past six seasons with the Cubs and has hit 164 home runs with the team over that span. Soriano has batted .265/.320/.499 in his career in Chicago. He drove in 108 runs in 2012, his highest total in his career and most since the 2005 season with the Texas Rangers when he drove in 104 runs.
There are rumors that pin the Philadelphia Phillies as interested in Soriano but we will see how many teams come out of the wood work for Soriano, if any.