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    Cubs and Phillies talked Soriano for Brown swap

    The Phillies, interested in a right-handed batter to hit behind cleanup man Ryan Howard, talked to the Cubs about a swap of Domonic Brown for Alfonso Soriano but may still be slightly more inclined to sign a free agent, such as Cody Ross or someone else.

    Phillies people are said to be split over how hard to try for Soriano, who had 32 home runs, 108 RBI and a .262 batting average with vastly improved outfield defense.

    They have remained interested in Ross all along. Nick Swisher and Josh Hamilton, even bigger free-agent plays, may be tougher fits for Philadelphia's budget. The Phillies could possibly add two corner outfielders after acquiring speedy Ben Revere from Minnesota for center field.

    The Cubs are believed willing to pay all but $10 million of the $36 million remaining on Soriano's deal if they can receive good prospects back. The Cubs are all about gathering assets for the future.

    The Phillies like Soriano offensively but appear to have some reservations about his defense, despite great improvement last year. Philly's park would fit Soriano well.

    The Astros, who are looking for a DH, also might make some sense for Soriano. More likely, Soriano's market will develop once Ross is off the board.

    Soriano has 10-and-5 rights and vetoed a trade to the Giants last summer.
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    Why would the astros trade for soriano?
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    I didn't realize Brown was already 25. I'd still do it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    I didn't realize Brown was already 25. I'd still do it though.
    Yeah, he still has a lot of service time left and his background warrants a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    I didn't realize Brown was already 25. I'd still do it though.
    Yeah, and his minor league numbers haven't been great recently and I think he battled a wrist injury or something like that in the past. However, this is the type of upside move I'd love to see. It does much more for me than filling out outfield with guys like Schierholtz and Dejesus, hot wives aside.

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    I'll take a Soriano for Brown and a lower level guy.

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    I don't know what team wouldn't want Soriano for two years at $5mil per. Considering he will probably out produce all the available free agent outfielders, besides Hamilton and maybe Swisher, while doing so at a fraction of the cost it would be a big win for the Phillies. If all it will cost the Phillies is Dominic Brown, who probably isn't in their future plans anyways, they should be all over this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaughan333 View Post
    Why would the astros trade for soriano?
    Because they need a DH. I don't think Soriano would accept a trade to the Astros though.

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    Cubs and Phillies talked Soriano for Brown swap

    Soriano 80 pct of the salary for brown?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    Because they need a DH. I don't think Soriano would accept a trade to the Astros though.
    He said he doesn't want to DH
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    I'd be excited with Brown

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaughan333 View Post
    He said he doesn't want to DH
    Which is why I said Soriano wouldn't accept a deal there.

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    Seems like a trade the Cubs would make after taking a chance on Rizzo after he didn't do well in his first MLB stint.

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