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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