CINCINNATI - APRIL 11: Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs swings at a pitch during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 11, 2010 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 3-1. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is open to being traded to "a contender", reports Joe Cowley of the Chicago-Sun Times. Whether that trade is something other teams are open to is another question entirely.
Soriano is hitting a not-completely-terrible .267/.311/.460 with eight home runs and 10 doubles thus far this season, but is now 36 years old and on the back end of contract that owes him $18 million each of the next two seasons. Cowley speculates that the Cubs would likely have to eat most, if not all, of Soriano's contract for him to appeal to prospective buyers.
In his first eight full major league seasons, Soriano hit .283/.330/.520, made seven All-Star games and finished in the top ten in MVP voting twice. After two straight All-Star seasons with Chicago following the signing of an eight-year, $126 million contract with the club, Soriano fell off a cliff in 2009 and has never recovered. In the 1,768 plate appearances since 2009, Soriano is hitting just .250/.306/.463.
Any club interested in Soriano can probably count on at least 20 home runs from the righty slugger, but not much else.