Cubs Rumors: Alfonso Soriano's Market

Sept 12, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano (12) hits a double against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. The Cubs won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is one home run shy of another thirty homer, 100 RBI season. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports believes the market for Soriano should be better this offseason when the Cubs once again attempt to deal him:

The market for Soriano should be better than it was at the non-waiver deadline; the Cubs can involve more teams. Soriano, though, has a full no-trade clause, and still is owed $36 million over the next two seasons.

If the Cubs fail to receive a sufficient offer, they could always bring back Soriano next season and try to move him at the deadline again. The closer an overpriced player gets to the end of his contract, the easier he is to deal.

Soriano has turned in a solid 2012 campaign thus far, hitting .265/.320/.502 with thirty doubles and twenty-nine home runs. He’s going to be 37 years old next season with $36 million remaining on his contract, but his improved production may pique the interest of an American League team in need of a designated hitter.

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Will the Cubs ever be able to trade Alfonso Soriano?

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