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MLB trade rumors: Cubs shopping Alfonso Soriano at winter meetings

Baseball's Winter Meetings are next week, and one name to keep an eye on is Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano. The club may look to move him, although he is owed $36 million over the next two years.

David Banks

With baseball’s Winter Meetings set to get underway next week, one name that could be on the trading block is Chicago Cubs' veteran outfielder Alfonso Soriano.

Moving Soriano won't be easy for the Cubs.

He's owed $36 million over the next two years, and has a full no-trade clause worked into his contract. However, coming off a season which he hit 32 home runs, Soriano could be a commodity for a team looking for an extra bat in the middle of their lineup.

According to Fox Sports, one team which might show interest is the Philadelphia Phillies.

Philadelphia is coming off a disappointing 81-81 season which saw them miss the playoffs and finish third in the NL East in 2012. More importantly, they've got a hole to fill in their lineup after the organization elected to trade Hunter Pence late last season.

With Carlos Ruiz suspended to start the season, it means that Jimmy Rollins will be the only remaining Phillie who hit more than 15 home runs in 2012.