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Cubs trying to dump Alfonso Soriano on the Orioles

Dec 6, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

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Theo Epstein doesn’t want it. Maybe Dan Duquette will.

According to the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers, the Cubs are willing to pay the “bulk” of the $54 milion that Alfonso Soriano is owed over the next three years in order to send him to Baltimore. It’d be the same journey once taken by another well-compensated Cubs outfielder: Sammy Sosa was traded to Baltimore in Feb. 2005 for Jerry Hairston Jr. and Mike Fontenot, with the Cubs kicking in part of the $17 million he was owed.

Soriano hit .244/.289/.469 with 26 homers and 88 RBI in 475 at-bats for the Cubs last season. He was better in 2010 but worse in 2009, and he hasn’t played in more than 147 games in any of his five years with the Cubs. It’s hard to imagine the Orioles would take him on as anything more than a $4 million-$5 million per year player, but even if the Cubs have to pay $35 million-$40 million of Soriano’s remaining salary, it could well be worth it just for the chance to move on.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Please pull this off, Chicago. We need all of our heavy contracts gone.

    • istillbelieveinblue - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:36 PM

      I don’t think being the hook for $35 – $40 mil of a $54 mil contract would qualify as getting rid of the heavy contract. I think this might be as much about opening up left field than saving $15 mil or so. Either way, we are better off with Sori in Baltimore.

      • Bar None - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:37 PM

        even if they pay 40 of the 54 million that leaves 14 to spend on other players. That is huge. It is also why I hope the Cubs avoid deals longer than 5 years with guys like Fielder, Wilson, and Pujols. 10 years is way to long to commit to anyone not 12 years old.

    • 78mu - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:39 PM

      Baltimore is holding out until the Cubs included Zambrano in the deal.

  2. APBA Guy - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    The most fun for those of us who used to be Orioles fans will be watching Angelos’ GM du jour try to spin this move as a positive for the O’s.

  3. El Bravo - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    I PREDICTED THIS WHEN THEY SIGNED HIM! Ok, not the Orioles specifically, but that he’d be dumped around this time and the Cubs would be on the hook for quite some time (which was obvious, I know). Good move Hendry. Now, what’s Milton Bradley doing? Where’s Carlos Zambrano?

  4. Old Gator - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Man, Baltimore is really turning into baseball’s version of the bottom of the doodlebug funnel.

    • Panda Claus - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:39 PM

      Just because Theo’s pushing that doesn’t mean the O’s are buying.

      • 78mu - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:01 PM

        The Cubs are trying to get the Soriano bandwagon going by leaking the Baltimore story. They figure when teams see the Orioles are interested then this Soriano guy must be pretty good. Pretty soon some team will offer Bradley and Silva straight up for that 289 OBP.

  5. beerjunkie - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Congratulations El Bravo. Go get yourself a big chocolate chip cookie and a glass of milk.

  6. pogodog7 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:34 AM

    Here in Baltimore, no one is disliked more than O’s owner, Peter Angelos. He does everything on the cheap and is the worst owner in MLB.

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