Following up on the Will Carroll tweet that said,
"Looks like the Cubs have a firm grasp on a Soriano deal"
A reliable source of mine tells me that the Cubs are not close but they are talking with a few teams about a deal for Alfonso Soriano. Surprisingly, one of these teams is the Oakland A's.
Surprising because Oakland is in a small market. The implication here is that the Cub are going to eat a substantial portion of Soriano's salary. Both Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have stated owner Tom Ricketts has given them to eat salary as they see fit.
As we've talked about here, Soriano must be considered a sunk cost. He has produced close to the level of a replacement player in two of the past three seasons, including last year. Even if the Cubs eat 80% of his salary, we're talking about paying $14.4M per season. That would allow the Cubs to open up a roster spot for Brett Jackson. The choice that then plays out is this: Since Jackson will make about 400K his rookie year, would you rather pay $18M to see Soriano in LF or would you rather spend $14.8M and have Brett Jackson out there?
Most, if not all, of us would take the second choice. Jackson certainly isn't worth the theoretical $14.8M, at least not yet, but if he simply plays at the level of an average starter then it's preferable to pay that price for similar to better production than what Soriano gave us last year. What's more, the Cub will upgrade their defense, OBP and add another lefty bat. And, of course, they'll develop a player who will be here for the long haul.
This same source also told me that Chase Headley is still a possibility for the Cubs.
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