Alfonso Soriano drawing interest from “at least one club”

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Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is owed $36 million over the next two seasons, but he’s actually been pretty productive this summer and there are almost no power-hitters available on the trade market. So the overpaid 36-year-old is actually drawing interest.

From Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports comes word that “at least one club has inquired” about Soriano in recent weeks. And more could join the fray as next Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

Soriano has a .918 OPS and 19 homers in 70 games since May 1. He is batting .274/.324/.503 overall.

Morosi lists the Dodgers, Giants, Indians and Pirates as potential trade partners, but that’s all speculation.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.