Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona
By JACK MAGRUDER  |  Last updated 7/25/13
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PHOENIX -- Alfonso Soriano appears to be on his way back to the New York Yankees. Soriano was scratched from the Chicago Cubs' lineup in mid-afternoon Thursday, and manager Dale Sveum said a trade was "99 percent done." "Theo (Epstein, the Cubs' general manager) called and said it is pretty close to a deal being done, so better off not playing him," Sveum said. The Yankees? "That's the only team that I know we are talking to," Sveum said Soriano broke in with the Yankees in 1999 and played with them through 2003 before playing with the Rangers for two years, the Nationals for one and the Cubs for the past 6 12 after signing an eight-year, 136 million contract in 2007. He is to earn 18 million this year and another 18 million in 2014, the final year of his deal. Soriano is hitting .254 with 17 homers and 51 RBIs in 93 games this season. He said earlier in the week that he would not be averse to being used as a DH as well as playing left field. "The four hole, the character in the clubhouse, the leadership, you don't replace that. His professionalism has been off the charts," Sveum said.
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