Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/23/13
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In dire need of a bat with thump and an indication the Yankees may believe that Alex Rodriguez isn’t going to play this season, the toothless Bombers are close to acquiring Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs, The Post has learned. According to a person familiar with the talks, the Cubs will pay the bulk of what is left on Soriano’s contract. He makes $18 million this year and the same for next season. Like they did in the Vernon Wells deal, whatever the Yankees pay will be laid out for the little more than the $6 million remaining Soriano’s contract this season. That way the Yankees aren’t on the hook for money next year when they want to get the payroll to $189 million. Soriano has a no-trade clause, but he would not block a deal to put him back in Pinstripes. In return the Cubs will get a mid-level prospect. Asked last night about the deal, GM Brian Cashman said, “I wouldn’t comment on that.’’ The 37-year-old Soriano’s best years — some of which were spent with the Yankees from 1999 to 2003 — are behind him. Yet have you watched the Yankees hit lately? Derek Jeter has. “It’s tough. We put way too much pressure on our pitchers,’’ Jeter said following last night’s 3-0 loss to the Rangers in which the Yankees collected three singles against Yu Darvish and three relievers in the Yankees fifth loss in six games. “You can’t sugar coat it, we have to find ways to score runs.’’ Soriano isn’t going to lift the Yankees out of a very deep hitting funk, but he can’t drag down a lineup that is close to hitting rock bottom which would be the only thing the Yankees hit recently.
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