Alfonso Soriano Clears Waivers, Eligible to Be Traded According to Reports

Zak SchmollAnalyst IAugust 16, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs is greeted by his teammates after hitting a two run homer against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning on August 13, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Alfonso Soriano has cleared waivers and is eligible to be traded according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Of course, you probably aren't overly interested that he is eligible to be traded. You want to know if he will be traded.

The chances are definitely good that Soriano will not be playing in Wrigley Field by the end of the season.

The main reason for this claim is because he is actually having a pretty strong year and Chicago is willing to pay a large portion of his contract.

In terms of the first part of that statement, Soriano is hitting .264 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI through 108 games.

It is definitely possible that he reaches 30 home runs and 100 RBI this year, and there are many teams that would appreciate that type of production down the stretch. Because of the recent suspension of Melky Cabrera, Heyman suggests that the San Francisco Giants might be interested in the article I linked to earlier, but I don't think they would be the only ones.

On top of that, he is also reporting that the Cubs are willing to pay $15 million of his $18 million salary. Therefore, his new team would be getting an awful lot of production for only $3 million.

So, along with the perhaps obvious San Francisco Giants, who else might be interested in Soriano?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates might be a very interesting partner in this trade. While they are definitely doing alright, they are currently tied with the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. If they want to hold them off, it might not hurt to have a little more offense.

They do seem relatively secure with Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Travis Snider across the outfield, but Soriano might add a better bat to the lineup for the rest of the season.

Pittsburgh has never formally expressed an interest, so this is purely speculation on my part.

What is not speculation is the fact that Soriano can now be traded, and there are some contenders who might need a powerful bat as we come down the final stretch.

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