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Cubs Rumors 2012: Alfonso Soriano Not Likely To Be Traded Before Opening Day, According To Report

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman spoke to an individual in the Chicago Cubs organization who indicated that Alfonso Soriano's contract is a major reason why he expects Soriano to be with Chicago on opening day:

according to person, likely they start year with soriano in left field. should be in AL, but big $ to work out

Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein are considering all options as they work to re-make the Chicago Cubs organization, and they've reportedly spoken to as many as eight American League clubs about a deal for Alfonso Soriano.


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While Soriano is still a useful power hitter, he is owed $54 million over the next three seasons, and potential trade partners most likely will want some cash from the Cubs. Soriano will be 38 in the final year of his contract.

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