Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com wrote today that Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has cleared waivers, making him eligible to be traded.
Heyman speculates that the Giants could be interested in acquiring another outfielder in light of Melky Cabrera’s suspension, but apparently Soriano has told the Cubs he would not approve a trade to the Giants. He has 10-and-5 rights and is said to prefer a trade to an east coast team.
Soriano’s contract is considered one of the worst in baseball and the Cubs would have to eat most of the salary in order for another team to take him on. Still, at the right price, he’d be a good acquisition for a contender, as he’s producing this season, hitting .263 with 21 homers and 71 RBI. He is set to make $18 million a year through 2014, most of which you have to figure will be on the Cubs’ dime, regardless of where he plays.