Before I report on this story, I would first like to say that after reaching out to my sources I was unable to confirm or deny this rumor. But the nonetheless, it is a rumor. So I will do my due diligence and report what I have heard over the past couple days.
According to a report from Hot Stove Cubbies the Cubs have been taking calls on struggling outfielder Alfonso Soriano.
"I am hearing from my sources that Jim Hendry is talking to other GMs about Alfonso Soriano. Word is that the Cubs would be willing to eat 50% of his contract or take on a player with a bloated contract in return for the slugging left fielder."
They go on to mention that some of the teams that have interest are the Toronto Blue Jays, and New York Yankees. It goes without saying that the Cubs would have to be willing to take on a player like Vernon Wells of the Blue Jays for any deal to work.
But, if you ask me I would say that this is a rumor and nothing more. Because, you first have to ask yourself why would another team want a struggling player who is one of the highest paid in the game. I mean it makes no sense from a baseball standpoint for a team to trade for a player like Soriano, who appears to be declining at a rapid pace.
Plus, I don’t think that the Cubs are ready to give up on Soriano. Despite his recent struggles, Soriano is still looked upon highly in their clubhouse from coaches and players.And also you do not see teams give up on player after only one week of play. And from recent comments made from Lou Piniella and Jim Hendry, you would see that the Cubs still have a lot of confidence in Soriano that he will rebound offensively, and improve defensively. It is probably a reach that he will improve his defense, but it is possible that Soriano returns to respectable numbers offensively.
On a personal note, I apologize for the lack of posts this week. As, it has been a very crazy week for me. My week consisted of ACT practice, Umpire training, and baseball workouts. But posts should start flowing out at a regular basis from now on, as I’m close to being done with the ACT.