A trade involving outfielder Alfonso Soriano was reportedly recently discussed between the Cubs and Phillies, though those talks are not believed to still be ongoing.
Levine notes, according to sources, that there are no current ongoing discussions between the two teams, and that the beginning feeling-out talks for a deal occurred about a month ago. In the report, Chicago was said to get pitching back in some form or another in any hypothetical move.
Soriano does have certain no-trade rights in his current contract with the Cubs, which would play a factor in any potential trade. This was the case in July, when Soriano refused a move to the San Francisco Giants.
Additionally, Levine also mentions that ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reported earlier in the week that any potential trade attempt for Soriano from the Phillies appears to have slim chances of actually taking place at the present time.
In 2012, Soriano hit .262 with 32 home runs (which ranked fourth in the National League) and 108 RBI (good for third in the N.L.) with a .322 on-base percentage in 151 games and 561 at-bats.