The Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies discussed the parameters of a deal involving Alfonso Soriano, but there is nothing going on between the two teams presently, according to two major league sources.
The sources said the Cubs would have received pitching in return for the veteran outfielder. One source said the conversation initially took place a month ago as the Cubs seek relief from the $38 million that remain on Soriano’s contract.
The Phillies did make a trade with the Minnesota Twins this offseason, picking up outfielder Ben Revere for right-handed pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May. Indications are that the Cubs had asked about both pitchers during their brief discussions.
Soriano would be a perfect fit for home run-friendly Citizens Bank Ballpark. The 36-year-old slugger hit 32 home runs and drove in 104 runs for the Cubs in 2012.
Soriano has 10-and-5 no-trade rights that he must waive in order to be moved to another team. He vetoed a trade to the San Francisco Giants last July. At the time he told ESPNChicago.com that he did not want to play on the West coast.
ESPN.com writer Jayson Stark reported earlier on Tuesday that the Phillies were initially uninterested in Soriano. Stark also said Philadelphia may change their mind in the near future, but a trade between the two is a long shot at this point.