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Cubs may be willing to eat half of Alfonso Soriano’s contract

Dec 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

Alfonso Soriano AP

Via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times:

Look for the Cubs to pick up more than half of Soriano’s remaining $54 million commitment (three years) if they can find a taker for the likable, glove-challenged outfielder who still has some pop to offer.

That’s more speculation than fact, but it’s a good indication nonetheless of how badly the new Cubs regime wants to get rid of Alfonso Soriano and his organization-bleeding contract. The 35-year-old batted just .244 with a .289 on-base percentage in 508 plate appearances this past year for Chicago while continuing to play poor defense in left field.

Look for Cubs president Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer to be active salesmen during this week’s Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas. Even at a half-price discount, Soriano is not a very attractive piece.

  1. Kevin S. - Dec 4, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    I’m not entirely sure any team would sign Soriano to a three-year, $25 million contract right now if he was a free agent, much less surrender anything of value for the right to do so. While Theo should recognize the sunk cost, Tony Reagins is no longer a GM.

  2. 78mu - Dec 4, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    50% would be a good starting point for negotiations. But what team, that has a chance to win next year, has a place for 3 years of a declining Soriano?

  3. tomlotter1948 - Dec 4, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    CUBS, you bought him!!! He’s YOURS!!!…..ENJOY!!!…..now try to peddle him off ???

  4. tomlotter1948 - Dec 4, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    CUBS , you bought him…..he’s YOURS……ENJOY his declining skills…you should have known this would happen…..now you have the GALL to try to get another team to take him off your hands !!!

    • 18thstreet - Dec 4, 2011 at 5:55 PM

      This was even dumber the second time. Maybe you heard, Tom: the Cubs have some new people in baseball operations who didn’t sign Soriano to that deal. It was in all the blogs.

  5. citynative - Dec 4, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Zito for Soriano straight up?

  6. thegurubrave - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    that could work

  7. djstat - Dec 4, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    I guess the Orioles will take him

  8. hansob - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    In related news, I bought some Netflix stock for $300 a share earlier this year, but am willing to discount it to $150. Any takers?

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