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The Cubs plan to shop Alfonso Soriano at the Winter Meetings

Dec 1, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

Alfonso Soriano AP

The Cubs explored potential ways to unload Alfonso Soriano prior to the July 31 trade deadline this year, but a deal failed to materialize. They plan to try again over the next few days.

According to Jon Paul Morosi of, the Cubs plan to meet with teams regarding Soriano during the Winter Meetings in Nashville next week. Frankly, it would probably be bigger news if they weren’t shopping him.

Soriano is owed $36 million over the next two seasons and has a full no-trade clause, so finding a match won’t be easy, but the Cubs are willing to include some cash in order to make a deal more feasible. In a market where Jonny Gomes got two years and $10 million from the Red Sox, the thought is that Soriano could draw interest from multiple teams who are looking for right-handed power. Morosi speculates that the Phillies could be a fit.

Soriano, who turns 37 in January, batted .262/.322/.499 with 32 home runs, 108 RBI and an .821 OPS in 151 games with the Cubs this past season. His OPS+ of 121 was his highest since his first season with the club in 2007.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 1, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Very interesting. Alfonso Soriano had a very nice 2012. Depending how much of the remaining $36MM he’s owed the Cubs are willing to eat he could be of interest to several teams I would think. You also have to wonder if the Red Sox hadn’t squandered $10MM over 2 years on Jonny Gomes what their interest level would be for the left-fielder Soriano.

    • dickclydesdale - Dec 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      Fonz is staying put in Chicago until 2014. Cubs need power & no team is gonna pay more then 8 million. Cubs cant give him away for nothing & still pay the salary for another club.

  2. dondada10 - Dec 1, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Soriano would fit with Mets. If the Cubbies ate, say, 15 mil I think they should jump at it. Unless, of coarse, they blew their load on Wright.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 1, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      He would fit with the Mets. No doubt.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 1, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Soriano will be 37 years old in January I think for him to be attractive to another team the Cubs are going to have to eat $20MM plus of the remaining $36MM he’s owed. Keep in mind the Cubs are also going to expect a prospect or 2 in exchange even if they are low level prospects.

      • joerymi - Dec 1, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        Or maybe eat 23-26 million, then ask for a prospect with some potential. I am not saying they will get any organization’s high-end prospect, but his production at 5-6 million a year could be very attractive to many teams, and worth giving up a guy that has big league potential.

      • 78mu - Dec 1, 2012 at 9:26 PM

        If you trade for him you’d have to keep your fingers crossed you’re getting the 2012 Soriano and not the 2009 version. At his age the best you could probably hope for is somewhere in the middle.

  3. glink123 - Dec 1, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    The guy still hit 32 HRs and drove in over 100 RBIs. While those numbers might not be worth $18 million per season, they’re certainly worth $12 million based on what some of these recent bums are making. Say whatever you want about him, but he’s always been a pro. Cubs might eat $10-$12 million of the $36 million, but not much more. Where else can you get 30+ HRs and 100+ RBIs for $12 million a season?

    • zackd2 - Dec 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      “Say whatever you want about him, but he’s always been a pro.”

      Like that time he refused to take the field because he wanted to be at 2B and not LF? Or does that not count cause he wasn’t on the Cubs at the time?

  4. Caught Looking - Dec 1, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    This guy has been marked down so many times he should have his own clearance section.

  5. sportsnut101 - Dec 1, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Cubs might have to eat 25 mil if they want talent back

  6. krzyman70 - Dec 1, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    If the Tigers sign Drew to play shortstop, they could turn around and trade Peralta and maybe a prospect depending on how much cash they want to eat to the cubs and have Sorino and Dirks platoon left field. Sounds crazy at first but consider Illitch wants a championship badly and it would take a ton of pressure off Soriano hitting in that lineup.

    CF Austin Jackson
    RF Tori Hunter
    3B Miguel Cabera
    1B Prince Fielder
    DH Victor Martinez
    LF Alfonso Soriano/Andy Dirks
    C Alex Avila
    2B Omar Infante
    SS Stephen Drew

  7. matckeeper - Dec 1, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Well its going to be to an A.L. team because every GM, and Fantasy GM for that matter knows that Soriano can’t play D anymore….maybe some spot duty, but not every day.
    I’m guessing he goes to a team like Seattle where he can DH every day and play for a team that could be on the upswing, and that moved in their fences for more HR’s.

    Tigers, Mariners, and sleeper is the White Sox

    • denny65 - Dec 2, 2012 at 5:35 AM

      Please, no, not Seattle. The Mariners have enough troubles without adding a 37-year-old clone of Chone Figgins.

  8. brenenostler - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Well there goes the Cubs’ final good player.

    • jamieaadams - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are on line one. Should I take a message?

  9. jessethegreat - Dec 1, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    If the yanks can’t keep swish at a decent price, they should look into it!

  10. henryd3rd - Dec 2, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Yankee GM Brian Cashman: been there done that! Not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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