A baffling report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports claims the Phillies and Cubs have discussed a Domonic Brown-for-Alfonso Soriano swap. Seriously.
• Brown is 25. No, he hasn't made the most of any of his three chances in the majors, and I am far from a Brown apologist. But he's 12 years younger than Soriano.
• Soriano has two years and $36 million remaining on his contract. According to Heyman, the Cubs are willing to pay all but $10 million of that in exchange for decent prospects. Uhhh...no. Brown was the No. 4 overall prospect in baseball less than two years ago. If Theo Epstein wants Brown, he better be paying $35.999 million of that $36 million.
• Soriano had a resurgent year in 2012, hitting .262/.322/.499 with 33 doubles, 32 homers and 108 RBI. But that OBP is still really low, and Soriano is a god-awful defender in left field. Imagine Soriano playing behind third baseman Michael Young. Anything hit to the left side would be an adventure.
• The Phillies need power, but why would you sacrifice young talent for a power hitter who doesn't walk or play the field well at all, when you could just as easily commit that spot to Cody Ross or Nick Swisher? The Phillies' lack of interest in Swisher this offseason has been puzzling.
• That last point is the most important one. If you have to pay Soriano $10 million anyway, why not just give Cody Ross a three-year, $27 million offer? You get a younger version of the same type of power hitter, except Ross plays decent defense and doesn't swing at 2-0 sliders thrown at the catcher's right foot.