A source tells me the Cubs and Tigers have been working away at a deal for Alfonso Soriano for some time. The Tigers are looking for a middle-of-the-order bat, and wouldn’t mind picking up a bench piece like Tony Campana in the process. The Cubs would love to move Soriano in the right deal, but actually aren’t all that crazy about including Campana as a throw-in. They’d rather include someone like Luis Valbuena.

The money is obviously a significant hurdle in the deal, as are Soriano’s no-trade rights. At this moment, it is unclear whether Soriano would waive his no-trade rights in a deal to Detroit (though the Cubs do know which teams Soriano would go to).

Although Soriano is the kind of player who could be moved in August, you have to make the deal when it’s available to you. The Tigers, for example, might move on.

As a bit of confirmation, 15 minutes after I reported the above on Twitter, Dave Kaplan reported the same. We must have good sources.

UPDATE: MLBN now talking all about this rumor (from Kap, not me, which is totally fine).

UPDATE 2 (at 2:24pm CT): Bob Nightengale says the deal won’t happen before the deadline, but talks could continue into August. It was going to be very tough to put this together today.

  • ColoCubFan

    So, is the entire AAA roster being called up???

    • ETS

      Ha no we are claiming all the people that get put on waivers to make room for the guys we traded.

  • rbreeze

    Boy!!! we are going to find out what kind of poker players Theo and Jed are in about an hour!!! Hold onto your selves!!!

  • Jack Weiland

    Theo: “I was going to make a bunch of big trades but I was too busy hitting F5 on Bleacher Nation and forgot.”

  • atfinch

    Not. Holding. My Breath. It would be nice though.

  • Jason

    wow…I know one tigers fan who’d be rather upset to get Sori…\
    Although he is having a good year, I’d rather keep him than eat $34 million…

  • andrew

    ok so do prospects have to clear waivers too? as in do the players that detroit sends over have to clear waivers?

    • Cyranojoe

      Oh, in August? Pretty sure yes.

    • North Side Irish

      Only if they are on the Major League roster. Don’t believe there are waivers required for minor leaguers.

  • Steve

    Please move you trays to the upright position…we are now cleared for take off….

  • Cyranojoe

    God, this year’s deadline is SO much different from last year!!! I want to call this epic, but I know if all the rumors fall through, it’s really just Maholm/Reed and Soto who’ve been traded. If it all goes down, though… wow.

  • ISU Birds

    45 minutes……. Hurry up Jedstein!!!!

  • Papi

    Campana is getting no playing time with current outfield and probably won’t in near future. Valbuena is helping Cubs win games filling a big question mark at 3B, why do you think the priorities to hang on to Campana are so?

    • Jesse

      He’s under team control til 2017, and we need another outfielder after we just traded Reed. And he’s pretty damn fast.

    • D.G.Lang

      Possibly because the front office doesn’t exactly want to win this year, they maybe more interested in winning the top draft pick instead.

      Likewise since next year isn’t looking too promising, I expect they won’t care about about a poor record then either, it’ll simply mean one more year of good draft picks.

      The interest isn’t in winning this year or next, it is in buulding a very strong farm system.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        It’s a bit late for the top draft pick. Yes, the Cubs gave it a good shot, but they were playing beyond expectations: sure, they were bad, but their peripherals showed that they simply were not that bad. The Rox and Astros, on the other hand, scuffled a bit early on: mostly it was bad luck in close games, with both of them winning more than they should have. Fortunately, you cannot count on bad luck indefinitely: luck did not “owe” them any loses, but it wasn’t that they were somehow “bad” at losing close games. The ‘Stros in particular went into the season with the chance to be a historically bad team. They blew it early, but milk always sinks beneath the cream in the end.

        Now, these deadline deals might inspire some hope, but, let’s face it: we’re talking about maybe 4-5 extra loses the rest of the way. That’s simply not going to be enough to overtake the ‘Stros: they simply are too good at being bad.

  • Josh

    Would not be surprised if we see demp garza and soriano all being traded in the last 5 mins of the deadline

  • Ron Swanson

    I’m gonna crap my pants at work and someone will have to pay!

  • beerhelps

    I would enjoy seeing Sori help the Tigers beat the crap out of the White Sox

  • mak

    If the Cubs did deal Soriano and Valbuena, the lineup tomorrow could legit include Vitters, Jackson and Castillo along with the other young guns. Weird.

  • EB

    Hold onto your butts, this is gonna be a wild 45 minutes

  • Jose Cardenal

    Bob Scanlon

    • Leroy K.

      Aww…I loved Bob Scanlon!!

  • atfinch

    And now a tweet comes out saying Soriano likely to stay and maybe moved during wavers.

  • kubphan82

    Soriano and Camp maybe? I don’t know how their BP in Detroit has been, but that could help sweeten the prospect deal, since Camp wouldn’t net anything of significance on his own.

  • Mike Eberlein

    Kap seems like a prick with the way he responded to your comment about reporting it 15 mins ago….

    • Austin

      Yea I notticed that as well.

  • Joker

    As soon as a rumor is mentioned, it’s shot down. Incredible.

  • dudeski

    nightengale shot it down

  • Mike Eberlein

    Nevermind didn’t see the, “nice work, pal” part. Hahaha

  • Ogyu

    Nothing to see here, folks. You can all go home now.

  • Cyranojoe

    I’ve GOT it! We surgically attach Soriano’s upper body to Campana’s legs, creating a Frankensteinian monster I call… Tonso Campiano! The perfect trade bait!

    • Leroy K.


    • Garrett

      just saying, if you can do that…. keep em!

    • BeyondFukudome

      How about if we surgically attach Dempster’s head to a batting tee, instead…

  • MightyBear

    Fasten your seat belts, we’re in for a bumpy ride!!!

  • Picklenose

    Who takes over third? Valbuena is not much with a bat, but his defense is good.

    • Cyranojoe

      Mather/Baker, right?

      • Picklenose

        Mather’s bat isn’t much better, defense is weaker. Baker’s bat is definitely better, defense, not so sure. Vitters is not ready or particularly good on defense. I guess it would have to be the platoon, but still weakens a pretty good infield defense.

    • Rebuilding

      Cardenas? Vitters?

      • Cyranojoe

        Cardenas, that’s likely.

  • Turn Two

    Alot of noise, but with 30 minutes to go we have only managed to trade 3 guys in a sellers market. Lets hope for a big half hour.

  • BlueHorizons

    Soriano to the Tigers would get my approval, but between Vilabuena and Campana as the sweetener, I’d choose Campana, personally….

  • Jose Cardenal

    How about Alfony Soripana?

  • Crockett

    I don’t foresee any of Dempster, Garza, or Soriano dealt.

    What a major fail for the Front Office. Not a fail BY the Front Office…just for them. I’m positive this isn’t how they saw things going.