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Alfonso Soriano’s days roaming the outfield at Wrigley Field are over. (Photo credit: David Banks/ Getty Images)
The Alfonso Soriano era is over for the Chicago Cubs. The 37-year-old outfielder is headed back to the New York Yankees, the club he began his major league career with in 1999. The Cubs will reportedly receive minor league pitcher Corey Black from the Yankees.
No other player represented the past seven seasons for the Cubs better than Soriano. The Cubs signed Soriano to an eight-year/$136 million contract before the 2007 season, a move that coincided with the hiring of manager Lou Piniella.
The next two seasons would be some of the most eventful in the team’s history. In Soriano’s first two seasons, the Cubs made back-to-back postseason appearances in 2007 and 2008. The 97 wins the Cubs earned in the 2008 season were the most since the 1945 pennant-winning team that made the franchise’s most recent World Series appearance.
Unfortunately, both of these playoff berths ended with sweeps in the NLDS at the hands of the Diamondbacks and Dodgers.
Despite the lack of postseason success, Soriano should be regarded as one of the greatest Cubs of his generation. His legacy as a Cub is by no means legendary like the careers of Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, or Ryne Sandberg but Soriano provided the Cubs with a consistently powerful bat. Soriano hit 181 homers as a Cub to place 11th on the team’s all-time home run list.
Soriano’s batting average sunk well below .300 in the past five seasons. With an average of .264 with Chicago, he never was the kind of player to hit for average. But his slugging percentage of .495 over his six-and-half seasons as a Cub puts him ninth among the Cubs all-time slugging leaders, ahead of even Santo and Sandberg.
The main reason for why Soriano garnered so many boos and mixed reactions from the Wrigley faithful over the years had to do with his defensive play. Soriano broke into the majors at second base but was moved to the outfield in 2006 with the Nationals and remained there for his tenure with the Cubs. Not a natural at the position, Soriano would make Cubs fans cringe every time he hopped before making a catch in left field. Yet, his fielding did improve, going from 11 errors committed in 2009 to only one last season.
Soriano’s departure means Jeff Samardzija is the only player left on the Cubs roster from the 2008 division championship team. There are no players remaining from the 2007 playoff team. One of the last remnants of those great teams has left Chicago.
The memories of those two memorable seasons now seem even further away as the organization goes through another rebuilding phase. The post-Tribune era has officially begun, as this team will now be made-up almost entirely of players acquired under the ownership of the Ricketts family, who bought the Cubs in 2009.
Cubs fans may have mixed feelings over his time in Chicago; that he underachieved considering the size of his contract. But his work effort was never lacking and his contributions to two division champions should not be overlooked.
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All signs point to a deal sending outfielder Alfonso Soriano to the New York Yankees being completed on Friday. Soriano, 37, is due roughly $24 million for the rest of this season and next.
The Cubs are picking up more than half of that total according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
#cubs are expected to pay more than half the $25M to go on sori thru ’14, assuming deal gets finalized...
And the drama with the Yankees continues.
GM Grain Cashman was overruled by ownership during the acquisition of Alfonso Soriano, according to the New York Post.
"I would say we are in a desperate time," Cashman told the Post. "Ownership wants to go for it. I didn't want to give up a young arm [Corey Black]. But I understand the desperate need we have for offense...
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- Alfonso Soriano had a "scheduled" off day on Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks despite some gaudy career numbers against Ian Kennedy (6-for-13, 3 HR's, 7 RBI's, 3 BB's). The Twitter-verse was having none of it and the conspiracies flowed that the Cubs were just awaiting his approval on a deal. Soriano showed up though for a pre-game chat with the reporters...
As we reported earlier this week, the New York Yankees are in the process of acquiring Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano and Cubs manager Dale Sveum now says the trade is “99 percent done.” Soriano was removed from the lineup by Sveum prior to Thursday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Sveum also claimed the New York Yankees were the only team he knew of...
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, the rumored trade between the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, for outfielder Alfonso Soriano, should be completed fairly soon.
The #Cubs and #Yankees have reached agreement on the pitching prospect Yanks will send Cubs for Soriano, with deal close to being finalized.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 26, 2013
The Yankees and Cubs have officially agreed to deal that will send Alfonso Soriano back to The Bronx where he started his career.
The Yankees will pay $8-12 million of the $24.5 million still owed the outfielder over the next season and a half. In exchange the Cubs will get a mid-level prospect or two. There has been speculation the deal would include minor league pitcher Chase...
Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano is willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the New York Yankees, but he wants a couple of days to think about it, the Chicago Tribune reports.
"I'm 37," Soriano told the newspaper. "I want one more chance to go to the World Series. If (the Cubs) don't have that on their mind (and) they're preparing the team...
(AP Photo/Ron Frehm)According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees have acquired outfielder (and former Pinstriped Poser) Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs for prospects. The deal only needs approval from the Commissioner's office. Soriano is hitting .254 this year with 17 home runs in 93 games for the Cubs. Since June 28th, Soriano has more home runs than the entire Yankee team...
After nine seasons away from the team that signed him as a 22-year old out of Japan, Alfonso Soriano has returned home to the Bronx.
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio, the Yankees and Cubs have completed a deal that sends the veteran outfielder to New York in exchange for a mid-level prospect who is not yet known. Because Soriano has 10-and-5 rights (10 years...
According to a report by Brian Kotloff of Sports Illustrated via Joel Sherman of the New York Post, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, was told to go ahead with the trade for Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano, although he was against it.
Cashman would not directly confirm what he advised Hal Steinbrenner, but told The Post: “I would say we are in a desperate...
Corey Black, 21, gets us Alfonso Soriano, 37. Thank God El Duque and Alphonso are away, or we'd be in for 20,000 words. Here's Soriano homering for the Yankees in a World Series played all the way back when TV screens were narrow:
The New York Yankees have already made a big splash at the trade deadline by acquiring the hottest bat in Alfonso Soriano. Soriano’s right-handed bat with pop is something sorely needed in New York, and the Bronx Bombers will need to improve at catcher and third base along with the right-handed side of its lineup even more so if it wants to compete.
While New York is not in a desperate...
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