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Alphonso Soriano Signs with the Cubs 8YR/$136MM

The Cubs signing of Alphonso Soriano for $136MM over eight seasons is being reported by ESPN radio in Chicago.  (ed:  Don't lots of rumors emanate from there?)

Many doubted he'd get Beltran money (7YR/$119MM).  Now top free agents will want Soriano money.  Is Manny money returning soon?

Rumors were the Cubs wanted to sign Soriano to play CF.  If I were them, I'd leave him in LF and trade Matt Murton for a young starting pitcher like Oakland's Joe Blanton.

The Cubs should begin to address their starting rotation, right?

I wonder if the Cubs will rue spending $5.25MM on a 35-year-old back-up catcher.