The Philadelphia Phillies discussed a trade that would send outfielder Domonic Brown to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for fellow outfielder Alfonso Soriano recently, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The Phillies are known to be interested in acquiring a veteran bat that can add some power to their lineup.
After rebounding to hit .262/.322/.499 with 32 homers for Chicago last season, Soriano has emerged as an intriguing option for teams seeking pop. He's still owed $36 million over the next two seasons, but Heyman says that the Cubs have indicated that they're willing to eat up to $26 million of that in order to receive good young players.
In Brown, the Cubs would certainly be acquiring a young player with some upside. Ranked as one of the very best prospects in the sport not that long ago, the 25-year-old has struggled to emerge in Philadelphia, hitting just .236/.315/.388 over 492 plate appearances.
Soriano's defense concerns the Phillies, Heyman says, but he also notes that the perception of his defense improved this year. Philadelphia may be able to acquire the outfield it desires through free agency, with Cody Ross being one possibility, but it appears GM Ruban Amaro is considering other options.