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Should the Mariners explore trading for Alfonso Soriano?


This seems like a very reasonable trade for the Mariners to make... Its been published everywhere that the Cubs are willing to eat almost all of Soriano's contract to move him and we know Seattle would do the same for Figgins. While he didn't play a terrible left field last year, most people think he's below average there, but his bat is still working. Would it work even better in a role where he gets more rest? His clear role at this point is at DH on an American League team. The Mariners need hitting and a backup for the outfield, which roles he could both fill. He probably comes cheap in terms of new money ($3M?), and given the length of his contract and that of Figgins it appears to be a good swap, along with potentially one other mid-level prospect coming over from the M's. Rather than just eating the Soriano contract, the Cubs get an option on a potential Figgins resurgence, save a little money and get a prospect. What an improvement it would be to have Soriano in the middle of the line-up and Figgins gone for good. Add another bat to the lineup and all of a sudden the Mariners would have a potentially decent lineup. Z can clearly make a deal with Epstein as shown with the Bedard trade, and this seems like a great fit for both teams. Any thoughts?

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