MLB Trade Rumors: Alfonso Soriano Deal More Than a Chicago Cubs Pipe Dream?

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIJanuary 6, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 28:  Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs looks on during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on September 28, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Padres won 9-2.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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If you didn't think it could be done, somehow the Chicago Cubs managed to trade consistently unstable pitcher Carlos Zambrano to the Miami Marlins. With that move, fans should no longer consider the possibility of trading outfielder Alfonso Soriano a figment of their imaginations.

With Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer taking over on the North Side, they haven't been shy about making deals to empty the roster. The move of pitcher Sean Marshall wasn't likely a difficult move, but actually getting Zambrano out of Chicago should make many believers as to what Epstein and Hoyer can do.

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 12:  Pitcher Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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That being said, how could one not imagine them being able to move Soriano? It isn't saying much, but Soriano is a more effective piece to any team's roster in comparison to Big Z. The Cubs are picking up $15.45 million of Zambrano's contract, but it is worth it for them to just clear the headache that he was.

If the club were to move Soriano, it would likely have to take on much of his salary as well. He will be due $18 million over the next three seasons, and while that would be a lot of salary to take on for a guy who isn't on your roster, the Cubs would be freeing up space for potential replacements.

Soriano, as talented as he is, is clearly not a part of this rebuilding plan. How could he be? He is the reason for it.

As of now, there are not likely that many suitors. But if the Cubs are willing to take on salary like they did with Zambrano, it won't take long to get the phone ringing.

According to Roch Kubatko of, one team that has shown interest is the Baltimore Orioles. Kubatko said he "heard from an industry source that the Orioles and Cubs discussed a trade involving Alfonso Soriano."

There hasn't been much more talk about a potential deal, but it appears that the Cubs are on the right track to getting rid of all of Jim Hendry's past mistakes.

The Cubs have already managed to get rid of one consistent issue, and now it is time for Epstein and Hoyer to flex their muscles and rid themselves of another.

The future is bright in Chicago, but it will only truly shine once the Cubs rid themselves of these fading stars.


Jeff Chase is a Featured Columnist for the Chicago Cubs and Arizona State Football.

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