Brett brought up an interesting point yesterday when a commentor posted that Olney was saying the Cubs weren't interested in eating much salary. He said he'd be perturbed if the Cubs weren't willing to eat salary to get a better prospect back (or something along those lines).
If not eating $10M in salary gets us (for example sake) Trey Martin (#34 prospect according to Luke) instead of Jae Hoon Ha (#17) or Robert Whitenack (#12) or similar intriguing but flawed/injured/other 10-20 type prospect is it worth it? That is a significant sum of money to pay for the bump from a 30-40 prospect over a 10-20. Heck, I don't even think we could get back a guy who'd slot in our 10-20 range eating a hugh chunk of Soriano's salary.
Then you have to question, what does Soriano add to the team beyond the stats? What sort of prospect/dollar amount do you tag to that
(answer is probably not much)? What would trading Soriano to a contender do for the organizational standing amongst middle-aged free agents (again, probably not much, if not 0)?
For me, with this front office and the depth we have outside of the top guys, I'd rather have the $10M in savings.