Now that the Chicago Cubs have just spent nearly $10 million on a relief pitcher, it makes the rumors surrounding the club’s interest in dealing Alfosno Soriano that much more plausible.
The only problem is that Cubs don’t have a hitter to replace him.
Still Jon Morosi of FOX Sports says the team is expected to meet with other clubs during the upcoming winter meetings in Nashville to discuss a possible trade involving the 36-year old right-handed outfield bat.
The biggest hurdle will be convincing someone to take on Soriano’s full no-trade clause that totals $36MM over the next two seasons.
Nevertheless, he may be more valuable than expected when considering the two-year, $10M contract free agent Jonny Gomes just received from the Red Sox.
Soriano hit .262 in 2012 in 561 ABs, and would bring power to a club, hitting 32 homers with 147 RBIs and 33 two baggers last season.
The Phillies are a team for one could use the services of Soriano, as they are still be searching for a right-handed outfield bat to replace Hunter Pence, who they dealt to the Giants at last season’s trade deadline.