Chicago Cubs trade rumors of an Alfonso Soriano trade are starting to surface again. For Cubs fans this comes as no surprise, as the Soriano rumors seem to pop up about this time every offseason. According to a report from The Boston Globe on Sunday (Jan. 26), the Cubs could make a deal with the Baltimore Orioles or Texas Rangers during a last-minute deal before teams head to Spring Training.
Soriano was back to hitting consistent home runs for the Cubs in 2012 and finished with 32 homers and 108 RBIs for the team. It showed that he could definitely put some numbers on the board still, but with a large chunk of salary still due to him, it has made moving Soriano a bit tougher. The report does state that the Cubs are willing to pay "the bulk of the contract" if they can get a good package of players in return.
It's not surprising at all that there are Alfonso Soriano trade rumors circulating again, but it's unclear if teams like the Baltimore Orioles or Texas Rangers are actually willing to give up significant assets to acquire him. Expect more Chicago Cubs trade rumors to come around before Opening Day, but it doesn't look like a deal is imminent at all. He certainly seems like a good power hitter that a fringe-contender could use though.