Right around this time for the past few years, rumors have swirled around the potential trade of Alfonso Soriano. While the Chicago Cubs might not be willing to hold on to the aging outfielder, Soriano could be worth kicking the tires for several other clubs looking to add some power to their lineup.
The Cubs have already been active in the trade market this season, shipping off pitchers Scott Feldman and Carlos Marmol and currently in the process of finding the best deal available for Matt Garza. Considering their eagerness to unload talent and where Soriano is at this point in the season, there’s a good chance a trade materializes.
What makes a Soriano trade more likely is the fact that he’s been on fire recently, most-notably the two-homer game against the Pittsburgh Pirates last weekend. Despite his .256 batting average and .282 on-base percentage this season, the 37-year-old is getting hot at just the right time for a trade to come together.
With only about $27 million remaining on his original eight-year, $136 million contract, Soriano will be at a much easier piece to trade. If he is traded, though, the Cubs will likely have to eat a big chuck – if not all – of his remaining salary in order to get a deal done.
In the past, Soriano has been unwilling to waive his no-trade clause, an issue that has also kept the Cubs from parting ways with the Dominican.
Soriano already missed his golden opportunity last season, refusing a deal that would have sent him to the eventual World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. After missing that ticket to a ring, Soriano would smart to take any offer that a contender is willing to send across the Cubs’ desk.
The language in his contract allows Soriano to be traded after the July 31 non-waiver deadline, so there’s no rush. It might not happen right away, but chances are that he’ll be playing elsewhere before the 2013 season comes to a close.