Roundtable: How Much for Soriano?

Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff on some of the hot button topics of the offseason? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: What is the most you would give up to acquire Alfonso Soriano (without a contract extension)?

Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
It seems as if everyone is in agreement that any package for Alfonso Soriano is going to have to begin and end with Humberto Sanchez. After that, it's tough to say what specifically the Tigers will have to give up beyond that. Certainly, either Marcus Thames or Craig Monroe can be moved along with him, just because there will likely be few at bats left if the club inserts Soriano in left every day. I'd say Sanchez, one of the outfielders, and a pitcher below double-A; maybe Dallas Trahern, Andrew Kown or Ramon Garcia (once he's healthy). If the club woul prefer an outfield prospect, it'd have to be Brent Clevlen, which in my opinion means they'll have to receive a lesser pitching prospect - someone like Luke French ot another West Michigan starter. In any case, so long as the Tigers will only have him guaranteed for two months, the Tigers shouldn't mortgage the farm to add a player like Soriano.

Mark Anderson, Associate Editor, Minor Leagues
Considering the organization is very much in the midst of a "win now" mentality, I'll frame my question with that in mind. Alfonso Soriano is a proven offensive threat, despite his well documented deficiencies. He provides power, speed, and has experience playing in big games. Even without a contract extension, Soriano helps the Tigers move closer to winning right now. I wouldn't be willing to put together an insane package, but one centered around Humberto Sanchez would still be acceptable to me. Sanchez and two middle tier A-ballers would be a solid deal, and if DD or Illitch were desperate, I wouldn't balk at something a touch more enticing. I think the highest end I would go with a deal would be Humberto Sanchez, Brent Clevlen, and Ramon Garcia. The Nats get plenty of potential, while the Tigers really haven't mortgaged the future in the deal.

Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
Certainly to get a talent like Soriano, the Tigers are going to have to put together a good package of players. I think it would start with Humberto Sanchez, and probably include guys like Jordan Tata or Brent Cleven, but there is no way that the Tigers are going to part with Cameron Maybin for what could amount to a two-month rental. Supposedly, Jim Bowden has asked for Maybin, Sanchez, and Jair Jurrgens, which isn't a surprise. It's a GM's job to try and get as much as he can for his players, and I would suspect that the price would come down as we get closer to the trade deadline, especially if the Yankees land Bobby Abreu. I would say a package of Sanchez, Tata, and Cleven would be what I would offer, because the Tigers simply can't and won't trade their three top prospects for a potential rental.

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