Maybe there is hope for the Cubs trading left fielder Alfonso Soriano.
Teams are "kicking the tires" on Soriano, according to a major league source. The Cubs, to facilitate a deal, are willing to pay a significant portion of the $54 million remaining on the final three years of Soriano’s contract.
Alfonso Soriano signed a blockbuster, 8-year deal with the Cubs before the 2007 season. And though he proved instrumental to the Cubs' 2007 and 2008 playoff runs, he has aged quickly, hobbled by ongoing hamstring injuries that have reduced his steal totals from 41 and 30 to 5 and 2.
However, Soriano still hits left-handed pitchers rather well, sporting an impressive .271/.312/.500 slash against LHP in 2011. His defense has become increasingly suspect, though, and Rosenthal expects he would provide the greatest value as a DH in the American League.