It's that time of the year again.
The MLB Winter Meetings kicked off on Monday in Nashville, Tenn.
Other than near the trade deadline, there are very few times over the course of a calendar year when rumors swirl as much as they do now.
One of the more recent rumors surrounding the Chicago Cubs comes from FoxSports.com's John Paul Morosi, who indicates that the Cubs will be using the winter meetings to discuss the possibility of moving veteran outfielder Alfonso Soriano with other teams.
Trading Soriano should be at the top of GM Jed Hoyer's agenda during the meetings in Nashville.
Soriano is the last player on the team with a bloated contract that is holding the Cubs back.
In order for the team to truly move into the Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer era, it is crucial that Chicago finds a way to unload at least part of Soriano's contract on another team.
Such a task shouldn't be all that hard anymore considering that Soriano had his best season in over five years in 2012, belting 32 home runs and driving in 102 runs.
Those numbers will not only make engineering a trade easier, but they might convince Chicago's trading partner to take on a larger portion of Soriano's contract.
Morosi indicates that one potential suitor for his services could be the Philadelphia Phillies.
In fact, many teams could end up being interested in acquiring the Dominican outfielder once the free-agent market dries up.
Finding a partner that is willing to bring in Soriano should be of paramount importance for the Cubs' front office this week.
While a few solid arms for the rotation would be nice, getting rid of the last toxic contract from the Jim Hendry era would truly signify that the Cubs are ready to put the past behind them and implement Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer's plan.