2012 Cubs Offseason: GM Jed Hoyer Thinks Alfonso Soriano Will Start Season In Chicago

Chicago Cubs veteran outfielder Alfonso Soriano has been a major name in Cubs trade rumors throughout the offseason, and while the team has spoken with several other clubs about a deal, they haven't gotten anything done yet. In a radio appearance, Cubs general manager said he thinks Soriano will most likely start the regular season with Chicago. He also expressed hope that Soriano will get on base more often and improve his defense this year.

"I think that's unlikely (that he'll start the season with another team)," Hoyer said on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on ESPN 1000. "Our hope certainly ... I know Sori's been working really hard this offseason ... our hope is obviously you want him to get on base a little more. The power was there last year, the RBIs were there. Obviously it really comes down to defense and we're hoping with some better conditioning and some better health, that he can be a little better out there.

Related: 2012 MLB Trade Rumors: Chicago Cubs Expected To Trade Matt Garza Before Deadline

Soriano hit .244/.289/.469 with 26 HR and 88 RBI in 2011.

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