Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has been available on the trade market at various times over the past several years.
This winter, he might finally be on the move.
The Cubs expect to meet with teams regarding Soriano during the upcoming winter meetings in Nashville, according to major-league sources. It won’t necessarily be easy to deal Soriano, who has a full no-trade clause and is due a total of $36 million over the next two seasons.
Still, the 36-year-old is likely to garner strong interest from teams who need right-handed power, as he is coming off his highest home run total (32) over the past five seasons. The Cubs are willing to include cash in the deal to put Soriano at a more palatable price point. But Soriano may be more valuable than expected, when considering free agent Jonny Gomes, a platoon player for much of his career, just signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Boston Red Sox.
The Philadelphia Phillies are one obvious fit for Soriano. They are looking for a right-handed