Bucks County Courier Times scribe Randy Miller cites a team source who says the Phils are prepared to spend $75 million over five seasons for Nationals outfielder Alfonso Soriano. Miller says the team’s next order of business is to trade Pat Burrell, listing Arizona as a potential suitor, and catcher Johnny Estrada as a possible return.
Beerleaguer take: A number of teams will make a similar go at Soriano, but this initial report proves noteworthy from a financial standpoint. It appears cutting payroll is not in the cards. Soriano would push payroll higher than many anticipated. The outfielder is scheduled to meet with officials from Baltimore, and is expected to ask $117 million over 7 seasons, according to a report in the Washington Post.