Report: Cubs Expected to Meet with Teams About Alfonso Soriano

According to a report from Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs expect to meet with teams regarding Alfonso Soriano during the upcoming Winter Meetings.

Alfonso Soriano has a full no-trade clause and is owed $36 million over the last two seasons ($18 million per season) of the eight-year, $136 million contract he signed in November of 2006.

The Phillies could be a possible suitor for Soriano … Philadelphia is looking to add a right-handed power hitting outfielder.

According to Morosi and Rosenthal, the Cubs are willing to include cash in the deal to put Soriano at a more palatable price point.

Todd Zolecki, the Phillies beat writer for MLB.com, joined Casey Stern and Jim Bowden during Inside Pitch (MLB Network Radio) on Thursday to discuss the Phillies’ options moving forward this off-season in the wake of B.J. Upton signing with Atlanta. The Phillies are looking for a right-handed power bat that plays left field. Zolecki speculated if the Phillies decided to go the trade route to acquire a player they could look at either Alfonso Soriano or Michael Cuddyer. Zolecki pointed out that the Phillies liked Soriano and was close to signing him before the Cubs inked him to the eight-year contract in November of 2006.

Alfonso Soriano is coming off his best all-around season with the Cubs. Soriano hit .262/.322/.499/.821 in 151 games with 33 doubles and 32 home runs while putting together a good year in the field.

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  • Brp921

    The Phillies have quite a few good arms in their system.

  • mutantbeast

    Phillies have a need for RH Power, and hed be a fit in that bandbox there. Problem is, the Phils minor league system is trash.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    There is a report from Ken Rosenthal that the Cubs have signed Kyuji Fujikawa. Trying to confirm

    • SuzyS

      Despite Hoyer stating the Cubs need several guys capable of closing…I have to think they have somebody else interested in a Marmol trade.

  • Cubs4ever

    9.2 mil for 2 years is not a huge investment. That is a flippable contract if he pitches well.

  • SuzyS

    Fujikawa signing is the first really interesting signing. It will be interesting to see how his success in Japan translates to the NL Central.
    It’s also surprising he didn’t opt for a west coast team. IF he is successful it doesn’t seem that his deal is that onerous in trade scenarios.
    To this point, the hot stove league has seemed HoHum to me. Now I’m really interested to see what type of trade Marmol is involved in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

    How about Domonic Brown?