Don't look now, but left fielder Alfonso Soriano might be the Cubs' All-Star in a few weeks. And don't blink because he might be gone nearly as quickly.

The Cubs might not find a better trade market for Soriano, 36, in the 2½ years left on his mega-contract. And his value might never get stronger than it is now, with his home-run production since May 15 unsurpassed by anybody in the majors.

Soriano knows it, and his teammates know it. And as long as a trade offers him a chance to win a cham-

pionship, he says he'll approve it.