Cubs Notes: Soriano, Rays, Trades

Earlier this week we learned that the Red Sox have expressed preliminary interest in Cubs pitchers Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster.  Dempster is on the hill today against the Diamondbacks and it might just be his last start in a Cubs uniform.  Here's the latest out of Chicago..

  • Alfonso Soriano's 14 homers since mid-May should have teams interested, but it seems like no one is ever showing interest in the pricey outfielder, writes Jon Heyman of  One rival GM surmised that Chicago could move Soriano if they absorb $44MM of the $46MM owed to him through 2014.  One scout suggested that the Rays might be a fit for the 36-year-old.
  • General Manager Jed Hoyer is looking to make moves for the future but still wants to keep a quality product on the field, writes Doug Padilla of  "That’s where you sort of have to have that long view to make those moves,” Hoyer said. “But that’s why being in that position isn’t one you want to be in very often. You feel like, yes, you can make improvements for the long term but there is a reason there are teams calling, because there are good players. I think that is never a good feeling.