Alfonso Soriano willing to accept trade

Alfonso Soriano says he's willing to take his ball and go to another team. (AP)

Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano told reporters on Monday that he'd accept a trade to "six or seven" other teams (ESPN Chicago).

As Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reminds us, Soriano last year had the chance to approve a trade to the Giants, eventual winners of belt and title, but opted not to do so. This time around, Soriano adds that he'd give the go-ahead for a team in the "east or center," so perhaps nothing's changed when it comes to his willingness to be shipped out west.

In any event, Soriano's no-trade clause is just one obstacle to dealing him. The fact that he'll make $18 million in each of the next two seasons is also a notable impediment. Unless the Cubs are willing to throw in towering stack of bills -- marked or unmarked -- it's going to be impossible to trade Soriano. The near-deal with San Francisco, of course, suggests the Cubs are indeed willing.

As for on-the-field performance, Soriano did hit 32 bombs last season, and his last three seasonal OPS+'s have been 121, 104, 114. He's also, contrary to reputation, a defensive asset in left field. Yes, he's overpaid, but Soriano is still a useful player in a vacuum.

In any event, it sounds as though the Cubs will be able to trade Soriano in 2013, so long as the price on both sides is right.

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