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Cubs rumors: Chicago shopped Alfonso Soriano to Phillies, Astros

The Cubs have held preliminary talks involving Alfonso Soriano with the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros.

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The Chicago Cubs are reportedly willing to trade veteran outfielder Alfonso Soriano this offseason, and they’ve held preliminary talks involving the slugger with the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN and Danny Knobler of CBS Sports:

When the Cubs first approached the Phillies regarding Soriano, Philadelphia was "initially uninterested" in the idea of a trade, according to Stark. However, the team is now "kicking it around," but they still remain a long shot to actually acquire the outfielder.

The Cubs shopped Soriano to the Astros as a designated hitter option for the new American League club. However, even with Chicago eating "a lot" of the veteran’s remaining contract Houston doesn’t have enough money to swing a deal.

Soriano hit .262/.322/.499 with 33 doubles and 32 home runs last season and is owned another $36 million over the next two years of his contract.