We know that the Chicago Cubs are shopping Alfonso Soriano this winter. But the clubs that could have interest have been few and far between. One team that has been rumored to be a potential match is the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies are looking to build up their roster and squeeze as much out of their aging core as possible, and are looking hard for a corner outfielder. They’ve looked on the free agent market, but may not shell out the type of money that some of these guys are looking for.
Soriano would present them with an intriguing possibility. Not only does he have a nice power bat to add to the lineup, which would do well in Citizens Bank Park, he also drastically improved his value by proving that he was actually serviceable with the glove this past season.
That has opened the National League back up to a player who was once thought to be a guy who could only be sent to the American League for a team in need of a designated hitter. But that has changed and the Cubs have likely fielded more than a few phone calls inquiring on what it would take to acquire Soriano.
In fact, the Phillies have apparently talked trade with the Cubs, in some capacity. The name Domonic Brown is rumored to have been brought up in those discussions, in a trade that could potentially be a one-for-one type of swap, with the Cubs sending some money in the deal as well.
The Cubs need a centerfielder. David DeJesus is better suited for the corner, and would probably slide over to left if Soriano is traded. Brown has fallen out of favor with the Phillies front office and the change of scenery could help him. If he pans out with the Cubs, then a potential trade could be a huge steal.
As of right now, the deal doesn’t appear to be anything more than a discussion, but if the Phillies don’t like what they find on the free agent market, then this is certainly something they could revisit very soon.