The Dodgers are actively engaged in talks with Texas about a possible trade for Rangers second baseman Alfonso Soriano, but it isn't clear where he would fit. Any such deal likely would include Dodgers pitching prospect Jonathan Broxton, who made his major-league debut last season. There were whispers on Tuesday the Dodgers might want Soriano to play first base, presently a black hole in their lineup, but a club official denied that. There is no room for Soriano at second because Jeff Kent will play there until Cesar Izturis returns from the disabled list sometime around the All-Star break, when Kent probably will move to first to make room for Izturis at second. Soriano hit 36 homers and drove in 104 runs last season, but the Rangers are looking to dump his salary. He made $7.5 million and is eligible for arbitration as a five-plus player, meaning he stands to make $9.5-10 million in 2006. He also is a defensive liability, having led American League second baseman with 21 errors.
Dodgers Talk Trade For Soriano