There has been a lot of movement with outfielders this offseason and one name that could still be traded is Alfonso Soriano. Soriano still has two years on his contract worth $36 million for the Chicago Cubs but the Cubs sound willing to pay almost all of that to gain quality prospects back. Soriano would love to keep playing in left field and doesn’t want to be a full-time designated hitter yet either.
Soriano proved last season that he can indeed still play left field and could have won a Gold Glove for his efforts there but could that have been a one-year blip on recent defensive efforts for Soriano? He may still have some value there but his bat is what teams want at this point of his career. There had been rumors that the Cubs were talking with the Philadelphia Phillies briefly about Soriano but it sounds like those talks have stalled.
Philadelphia would be a good place for Soriano with a solid lineup around him including Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins and Soriano could balance the lineup out some from the right side of the plate. It would be a solid move for both teams if the Cubs can get a good prospect back along with paying $30 million of Soriano’s salary while the Phillies get a player who could easily hit 30 home runs and knock in 100 runs for a team with a great pitching staff and enough offense to make a run at the National League East title. If this trade gets close again, we will see if Soriano waives his no-trade clause and heads east.
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