Posted July 26, 2013

Yankees acquire Alfonso Soriano from Cubs

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The Yankees acquired Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs Friday morning. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Yankees completed a trade for the Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano Friday morning. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs traded outfielder Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees in exchange for minor-league pitching prospect Corey Black, according to a tweet from Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

ESPN’s Jim Bowden first reported via Twitter that Major League Baseball approved the trade of Soriano to the Yankees on Friday morning. Soriano waived his no-trade rights and the trade is official.

Buster Olney reports that the Cubs will pay roughly $17.7 million of the approximately $24.5 million left on Soriano‘s contract.

Soriano returns to the Yankees, with whom he made his major league debut as a second baseman in 1999. He was traded to the Rangers as part of the Alex Rodriguez deal in 2003. After a year of playing outfield for the Nationals, he signed with the Cubs in 2007 and has primarily played left field.

CORCORAN: Soriano trade a no-brainer for Yanks

The Yankees hope his bat (.254, 17 home runs, 51 RBI on the season) can add some punch to a slumping offense riddled with injuries.


13 comments
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nunEEE6
nunEEE6

You know it's bad when a .287 OBP bad OF/DH is being counted on to save your season.

nunEEE6
nunEEE6

Corey Black throws hard

olaf27
olaf27

The Cubs needed to get Soriano out of there; the fans didn't want him and this way at least you get something for him. At best the minor leaguers will be relievers, but that might be enough. The Yankees desperately need his bat, as I'm getting tired of 4 straight left handed batters to open a game.

oasis1994
oasis1994

Good trade for the Yankees. I know Soriano is over the hill in baseball terms, but he is an upgrade at this point for them. 

As for the Cubs; enjoy Theo being there. Dan D. laid the groundwork for the Red Sox winning the World Series; Theo made 2 trades that helped and got very lucky in getting Mike Lowel. 

iclasticons
iclasticons

Great. If Cashman can dig up 5 more semi-starters and mostly over-the-hill guys, my beloved Yankees might finish in second place and draw a wild card entry. Hurry back, Jeter and Granderson and please go away A-Roid!

Saintsbepraised
Saintsbepraised

How does this benefit the Cubs? They are still paying a majority of Soriano's contract, getting nothing and losing run production? 

Ray1950
Ray1950

@oasis1994 When Boston acquired Lowell and Josh Beckett via trade from Miami, Theo was on his, ahem, hissy-fit, gorilla suit hiatus, and wasn't involved in the trade.  Epstein does one thing very well.  He spends owners' cash like there's no tomorrow.

FestivusFeatsOfStrength
FestivusFeatsOfStrength

@Saintsbepraised Well let's face it. They weren't going anywhere with Soriano. And they are saving about $7M all together. They weren't going to get anything great for him, might as well take what you can.