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Source: Soriano to sign with Cubs

The Chicago Cubs — the team without a World Series title since 1908 — has tackled the offseason with a fury and is on the verge of landing Alfonso Soriano, one of the game’s top offensive players.

Soriano has agreed to an eight-year contract worth about $136 million, a major league official told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The deal is contingent on Soriano passing a physical, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.

General manager Jim Hendry declined comment Sunday. But earlier he made it clear that the Cubs, who finished 66-96 last season for last place in the NL, were going to be major players in the market.

If completed, the Soriano deal would be the fifth-largest total package given to a major league player, behind Alex Rodriguez ($252 million for 10 years), Derek Jeter ($189 million for 10 years), Manny Ramirez ($160 million for eight years) and Todd Helton ($141.5 million for 11 years).

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Soriano had 46 homers and 41 stolen bases last season with the Washington Nationals. He batted .277, had 95 RBIs and had 41 doubles.

Source:Associated Press

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