Cubs face tough decision with Soriano

Cubs face tough decision with Soriano

PHOENIX -- Alfonso Soriano's trade value may never be higher than it is now, but Cubs manager Dale Sveum would hate to lose the veteran outfielder.

"That's been our one cornerstone as far as run production," Sveum said of Soriano, 36, who has 32 home runs and a career-high 108 RBIs, with one year remaining on his contract. "It's hard to replace that. [Anthony] Rizzo should be fine in a full season, and then you find somebody else who can hit home runs to hit fifth. That's where you start. Who knows who that is? That's the million-dollar question we have to deal with."

The Brewers have three players who have combined for more than 200 extra-base hits. Sveum would like to see that kind of production from the Cubs' lineup in the future. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said they will have financial flexiblity to pursue free agents this offseason, but Sveum said they have a lot of areas to address.

"We have multiple holes to fill," Sveum said. "It's not just one guy here, one guy there. It's 10 different spots we have to look hard at and try to get better."