MLB Teams That Should Take One Last Shot on an Alfonso Soriano Trade

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 31:  Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs follows through on an  RBI single scoring teammate Joe Mather #21 during the first inning at Wrigley Field on August 31, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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The market for power bats this offseason was a thin one, and following the signings of Josh Hamilton and Nick Swisher, there wasn't much in the way of middle-of-the-order outfielders.

Secondary bats like Ryan Ludwick, Cody Ross and Jonny Gomes have also found new homes and as a result, teams still looking to add a power bat in the outfield will likely need to turn their attention to the trade market.

One outfielder who could be on the move is Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano, and according to a tweet from Jon Heyman, the team is willing to pay up to $26 million of the $36 million remaining on his contract over the next two years if it means landing a decent prospect.

Soriano enjoyed his most productive season in years in 2012, batting .262 with 32 HR, 108 RBI and a solid .821 OPS while hitting in the middle of a less-than-stellar Cubs lineup.

As a result, his name has been kicked around quite a bit as of late, and the Cubs would no doubt jump at the chance to free up some payroll space if a team came up with a legitimate proposal to land Soriano.

Here is a look at three teams who make the most sense as potential landing spots for Soriano between now and the start of the 2013 season.


Atlanta Braves

According to a tweet from David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Braves aren't interested in Soriano as of now, but that could change depending on their situation left field. 

With the departure of Chipper Jones, the Braves are looking to add a left fielder which would allow them to slide Martin Prado in to play third base.

Not only would Soriano fill the left field void, but he would also give them a right-handed bat in a middle of the lineup that currently features a trio of left-handed hitters in Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann.


Texas Rangers

The Rangers need a replacement for Josh Hamilton in their lineup, and while they would no doubt prefer someone like Justin Upton or even Jason Kubel, Soriano could certainly be of interest.

The Cubs have a solid history of dealing with the Rangers of late, as they dealt both Geovany Soto and Ryan Dempster to them in separate deals at the deadline last season.

He's not Josh Hamilton, but he'd give the Rangers another power bat for the middle of their lineup and likely wouldn't cost them any of their top prospects as someone like Upton would.


Philadelphia Phillies

Todd Zolecki of wrote how he feels Soriano would slot nicely into the No. 5 spot in the Phillies lineup behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. 

He would certainly fit right in on a team loaded with aging, big-name talent, and while that may not sound like a good thing, this is a Phillies team who knows their window for another championship is closing quickly.

The Phillies have a good deal of pitching depth in the minor leagues, and they should be able to put together an attractive enough package to land Soriano if they are truly interested.