Alfonso Soriano is owed $18MM each of the next two years as well as the rest of the money he’s owed this season, which comes to roughly $6MM. The Tigers want a middle of the order bat. The Cubs want to get rid of money. Okay, let’s talk:
I just spoke with a solid source who told me that Tigers and Cubs are hard at work on Alfonso Soriano. Not sure they can make money work.
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) July 31, 2012
This sent Twitter into a fluster. Then this:
Tigers people say they are not getting Soriano.
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) July 31, 2012
Which sent Twitter into an even deeper fluster.
Look, I think most people will agree that Soriano would be a vast improvement to the Tigers corner outfielder/DH conundrum. However, it doesn’t make sense for either team to do this deal now. Soriano can pass through waivers quite easily and, much like the Delmon Young addition last year, the Tigers could probably get him a bit cheaper (prospect wise) at the later date.