It looks like the Cubs are serious about improving, or at least attempting to, with the signing of OF/2B Alfonso Soriano to an 8 year deal worth $136 million:
Chicago radio station ESPN 1000 reported Sunday that the Cubs have signed outfielder Alfonso Soriano to an eight-year contract worth approximately $136 million.
The move would clearly mark the highlight in an already busy offseason for the Cubs, who have signed free-agent infielder Mark DeRosa and have re-signed third baseman Aramis Ramirez and righthander Kerry Wood.
Soriano was part of some trade deadline talks last season for the Tigers, but a deal was never made to bring him to Detroit. He had a great year for Washington last season, hitting .277 with 46 homeruns.