Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Soriano's trade value
By Doug Mittler
The Chicago Cubs have been looking for a new home for Alfonso Soriano for years, and a deal this season seems more feasible given his mammoth contract is down to a manageable $36 million over the next two years.
Sensing the obvious, Soriano tells Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com he would be open to a deal if the Cubs fall out of contention. Soriano, who has a no-trade clause, said there are “six or seven teams” he would agree to as landing spots. The 37-year-old reportedly nixed a possible deal to the Giants last season and wants to play for a team in the central USA or on the East Coast. The Orioles and Phillies have been linked to Soriano in the recent past.
Soriano restored some of his value last season by hitting 32 home runs, driving in a career-high 108 runs and demonstrating more mobility in left field.