CBS’ Jon Heyman reported that the Phillies are in talks with the Chicago Cubs about 36-year-old outfielder Alfonso Soriano.
The Phillies would send Domonic Brown to Chicago for Soriano, and the Cubs would have to pay a significant amount of Soriano’s salary.
The Cubs are willing to pay up to $26 million of the $36 million owed to Soriano for the remaining two years on his contract.
Last season, Soriano hit .262 with 32 homers and 108 RBIs.
Soriano comes as an alternative if they can’t sign Cody Ross, the most economical choice among free agents. Nick Swisher and Josh Hamilton are a little pricier.