Tigers, Cubs Have Halted Soriano Talks

ATLANTA - APRIL 07: Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs enjoys a laugh as he heads into the outfield during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 7, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

UPDATE 3:50 PM EST: Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that Alfonso Soriano will not be dealt before the deadline, but may still be moved on the waiver wire in August.

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Original Story: The Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers are "hard at work" on a deal to send veteran outfielder Alfonso Soriano to Detroit, a source has told David Kaplan of CSN Chicago.

Though the Tigers have been in the hunt for outfield help for months, it was reported earlier this morning that Detroit did not think Soriano would be "a great fit". Thinks often change as the trade deadline looms near, however, and it seems the Tigers have changed their minds.

Believed to be an integral part of negotiations in the Los Angeles Dodgers' discussions for right-hander Ryan Dempster this week, the Cubs may have shifted gears on Soriano now that the Dodgers have acquired Shane Victorino and the Yankees have entered discussions for Dempster.

Soriano, 36, is owed $36 million over the next two seasons.

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