Phil Rogers thinks it’s a win-win and I tend to agree. It gets kind of confusing unless you read the whole article, but here’s the gist;
Here’s the proposal: Soriano, Bryan LaHair, Geovany Soto and $22 million for Luke Scott or Pena, Chris Archer, Tim Beckham and another two or three prospects. Scott or Pena comes to the Cubs strictly to offset salary for this season and open room for Soriano, and they go off the books after this season; the $22 million is to pay $11 million of the $18 million Soriano is due in 2013 and ‘14 (roughly what Soriano costs over what the Rays gave Pena, as LaHair will be a low-cost replacement at first base).
Soriano would add some badly need power for the A’s and could fit with the Tigers, where the great-on-paper lineup is only tied for sixth in the AL in runs per game.