The Chicago Cubs could be close to dumping Alfonso Soriano's mammoth contract. Soriano has had a solid year. He's hitting .274 with 19 HR and 61 RBI.
But even with that production, Soriano is a player of the past and present, while the Cubs are positioning themselves to be a team of the future. This dynamic is why the Cubs and Soriano are perfect targets for contenders.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports:
The team [Dodgers] is in discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies about outfielder Shane Victorino and continues to talk to the Chicago Cubs about right-hander Ryan Dempster and outfielder Alfonso Soriano, sources said.
The Dodgers have been very serious players around Tuesday's trade deadline. ESPN's Jayson Stark is reporting the team is close to acquiring Philadelphia Phillies' outfielder Shane Victorino.
It's unclear whether that would rule Soriano out, but the Dodgers are doing everything they can to gain supremacy in the NL West.
In other news concerning the acquisition of bats for the stretch run:
Tigers Can't Depend on Victor Martinez
The Detroit Tigers have received news that Martinez may not be healthy enough to return for the stretch run. In light of that, the team is looking for a last minute addition to the middle of their lineup, per Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
The article makes mention to Soriano, and the fit makes sense. Ideally the 36-year-old would be best suited as a DH, with a few left-field assignments.
But his bat would fit nicely behind Prince Fielder in the Tigers' lineup. The Tigers would have to find out if they are on Soriano's list of acceptable landing spots.
He can veto a trade, and per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Soriano has already shared that list with the Cubs.
Alfonso Soriano has informed the #Cubs which teams he would be traded to but no offer yet— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 31, 2012
We'll see what happens as the 4 p.m. deadline approaches.
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