Posted July 25, 2013

Report: Alfonso Soriano trade ‘close’ between Yankees, Cubs

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The Yankees are close to acquiring Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs. (Zuma Press/Icon SMI)

The Yankees are close to acquiring Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs. (Zuma Press/Icon SMI)

The New York Yankees are close to acquiring outfielder Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs, manager Dale Sveum told reporters Thursday night. Sveum said that Soriano had been pulled from the Cubs’ lineup because a deal was near.

ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reported that both teams are now waiting for Soriano to waive his no-trade clause. According to Olney, the Cubs would pay the “bulk” of the $25 million owed to Soriano through the end of next season, which would limit the toll it would take on the Yankees’ luxury tax. Because the Cubs have had their hands tied by Soriano’s no-trade clause, they are eager for any salary relief.

For the Yankees, Soriano provides another bat in a lineup that is full of uncertainty with injuries to Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter.

Soriano made his major league debut with the Yankees in 1999, playing three full seasons as a second baseman with the club from 2001-03. The Yankees then traded Soriano to the Texas Rangers in the deal involving Rodriguez. He made the transition to the outfield during a year with the Nationals in 2006, but signed with the Cubs in 2007 and has played in Chicago since, almost entirely as a left fielder.


8 comments
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Sportsfan88
Sportsfan88

Anything is better then Wells and Hafner.  They have to find someone to take Hughes and Joba.

deandiesin55
deandiesin55

This guy shouldn't hesitate to waive his no trade clause as a thank you for the Cubs being stupid enough to pay him $18 million a year.  Probably a good thing he didn't go to the Giants last year - St. Louis might have won the pennant.

OglesbyLoneStar
OglesbyLoneStar

The dude is past his prime, but with the Yankees health the way it is, he'd be a good addition. The guy just strikes out a lot. Always has.

JohnMatuszak
JohnMatuszak

another washed up bum in NY..gotta love it

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

Would be an excellent deal for the Yankees - you're getting a player who can still produce for essentially $5 million over two years and a low-end minor league talent. It's not great for the Cubs - but they were never going to get much from Soriano with his age and contract - so all it really does is free up a starting spot in the outfield for their younger players (after they trade Schierholtz and DeJesus) to get a shot. 

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

if Chicago will pay at least 20 million and the Yankees aren't giving up much, I say go for it