Before you all go crazy on me, the cubs are reportedly willing to eat up most of his salary. So total cost to O's.... $0 - $2mil over 2 years.
Do we really need Soriano? forgetting his salary, which is what everyone will remember him for, his numbers are actually quite good. .275/19hrs/59rbis. his speed is mostly gone, but he provides some good pop. Right now, we've been putting in Chris Davis in left, because well, Nolan Riemold got hurt and isn't coming back this year. Meanwhile, a struggling Reynolds is at 1st base.
Replacing Reynolds with Soriano, and sliding Davis over to 1b, would immediately improve the lineup. You could have Reynolds hit DH or man 1b when facing a lefty. Plus, come next year, when (hopefully) Riemold comes back healthy, Soriano can slide over to DH and replace Thome.
The real question is, what would it cost to get him. It seems like the Cubs would like some young pitching. The rumored dempster trade had a young arm returning in Randall Delgado. I'm not going to say give up our top prospect, but don't we have some decent arms, in our minor league system? Or how about one of our arms who haven't quite been panning out. I have my favorites, as I'm sure others have their favorites. But if the O's are ready to give up on one of them, maybe it makes sense in a trade like this.
Point is, with our offense struggling the way it is, I think Soriano could be a good addition to the O's.