According to Jon Heyman, the Cubs have discussed a deal that would send Alfonso Soriano and all but $10M of the remaining $36M in exchange for young OF'er Domonic Brown, who has had difficulty finding steady playing time with the win-now oriented Phillies.
The deal hasn't been consummated because the Phillies are looking to see if they can sign a free agent first, such as Cody Ross.
We've discussed the possibility of Soriano to the Phillies on numerous occasions, speculating that the Cubs would likely ask for one of their young OF'ers in return. Brown seemed the most likely as he has yet to earn the trust of Phillies manager Charlie Manual.
Brown would get the opportunity to play for the Cubs everyday and fits the goal of making the team younger and more athletic. He was once considered the top prospects in the Phillies organization, as recently as entering the 2011 season.
He's a high risk/high reward player whom some compared to Carl Crawford. He has 5 tool potential, with defense the tool that lags behind. Brown has the speed and athleticism to play above average defense, but needs work on reads and routes. His arm is outstanding.
In 147 games, Brown has hit .236/.315/.388 with 12 HRs. He has a solid batting eye, walking at an above average rate for his MLB career (10%). His career line in the minors is .296/.373/.461.
UPDATE 3:30 PM
Jayson Stark of ESPN (who has strong Philly connections), calls it a long shot. They weren't interested in Soriano but the Cubs talked them into considering it. Seems to me Soriano at $5M a year is pretty low risk and big time potential surplus value if Soriano continues to play as well as he did last season.
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