I have been on record here and elsewhere that I would love to see Alfonso Soriano as an outfielder-slash-DH with the Rays. And now we have a better idea about how much it would cost.
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Cubs are willing to eat $26 million of the $36 million he has left on his contract over the next two seasons. That means he would only cost $5 million this year and $5 million next year.
Of course, with the Cubs willing to pay nearly 75% of the money Soriano is still owed, they are going to also want one or two decent young players in return. There was one rumor that the Cubs were interested in outfielder Dominic Brown from the Phillies in exchange for Soriano. Brown is probably somewhere between Matt Joyce and Brandon Guyer.
So, would you give up Guyer and another player for two years of Soriano at a cheap price? What about Alex Torres or Hak-Ju Lee for Soriano?