Here is some more info from Gordon Wittenmyer and David Kaplan-
- David Kaplan has said the Cubs have actually called teams around the league to see if they are interested in Alfonso Soriano. Kap thinks that it would be near impossiable to move Sori because of his contract. Though he did mention it would be possible to swap him for another bad contract like Jones, Pierre, or Schmidt. I might consider Jones or Schmidt because Jones is in the last year of his contract along with Schmidt. But neither one is as valuable as Soriano is to this team.
- Four teams have inquired about Jermey Hermida and according to Kaplan the Cubs are one of the four. Hermida could be used full time in the outfield or as a platoon player( with maybe Derosa). Hermida home and away splits are crazy-
Away- .288/.364/.487/.851 with 13 home runs and 13 doubles
Home- .203/.273/.312/.584 with 4 home runs and 9 doubles
At Wrigley- 9-for-27 with 2 doubles and 4 home runs (.333/.357/.852/1.209)
Another good thing about Hermida is he is under team control for a while and very cheap. Not to mention according to Kaplan he would only cost 1 or 2 minor leaguers.
-Wittenmyer says that Sweet Lou really likes Chone Figgins and Ibanez. I think the Cubs should call the Angels if they lose out on the Texiera race and offer Lee for Figgins and a young starting pitcher and see how that goes. He could then sign Ibanez to play RF or 1st base or let Hoffpauier play first and get a different outfielder. Either way the Cubs should push hard for Figgins!