According to Jon Morosi of Fox sports, major league sources expect the Cubs to meet with teams regarding Alfonso Soriano during the winter meetings.
Once looked at as untradeable because of his contract, Soriano has some appeal now because a team now only has a two year commitment, much of which is expected to be paid by the Cubs.
Coming off his most productive offensive season since 2008, Soriano can provide some right-handed power in the middle of a lineup and, because of his improved defense, is no longer limited to trades to AL teams. Morosi and Rosenthal speculate that one NL team that could be a good fit is the Philadelphia Phillies.
They've been looking for an OF bat to replace Hunter Pence and currently are slated to start with an unproven OF of John Mayberry, Jr., Domonic Brown, and Darrin Ruf. The team could use a tested veteran and strong clubhouse presence.
As for what the Cubs would want in return, my guess is that they'd like to fill their own outfield void, which will only increase with the trade of Soriano. Perhaps one of those young outfielders with the Phillies thinking short term. My gut is that the Cubs will get a young MLB ready player at position of need in return.
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