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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 in MLB, 5 with current team), he had the right to veto any trade proposal.
The Yankees were in desperate need of a right-handed bat with some pop, and they might be getting Soriano at the right time. In his last 25 games, he’s hitting .275 with 10 homers and 21 RBI. Overall this season, he’s hitting .254/.287/.467 with 17 homers and 51 RBI. Soriano now figures to be the best offensive threat in the lineup behind Robinson Cano, automatically ranking first on the team in doubles (24) and second in home runs and RBI behind Robbie. When Curtis Granderson returns, the Yankees will have three left-handed bats in the lineup – meaning Soriano would likely move to being the full-time DH, putting Travis Hafner‘s status up in the air. Soriano would probably see time in left field against lefties.
Soriano, 37, was traded from the Yankees in 2004 along with pitcher Joaquin Arias for some guy named Alex Rodriguez. After two years in Texas and a stop in Washington, Soriano signed an 8-year contract worth $136 mil with the Cubs in the winter of ’06. In six and a half seasons since, Soriano has averaged 26 homers and 75 RBI while hitting .264, being named to the All-Star team twice (’07-’08).
Soriano still has about $25 million of that deal remaining, which expires after the ’14 season. The Yankees will pick up about $1.8 mil this season and $5 mil next season, with the Cubs paying the rest – according to Bowden. The Yankees expect Sori to be in uniform Friday night, ready to take on the Rays in a huge three-game weekend series.
In a week that saw the Alex Rodriguez saga elevate to new levels, it’s only fitting that the Yankees acquire the man they originally traded away.
Welcome back, Sori. It’s been too long.
MLB has approved the trade of Alfonso Soriano to Yankees (& cash changing hands) and Soriano has officially waved no-trade DEAL is OFFICIAL
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 26, 2013
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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...
A Yankees fan with a homemade sign welcoming back Alfonso Soriano —after a 10-year leave — had his big moment on the Jumbotron video-bombed by his annoying pal.
There was a nice welcome during the left fielder's intro before his first at-bat wearing pinstripes after his trade back to Yankee Stadium. Picked out of the crowd by the TV booth was the guy holding the simple...
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...
- 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...
I’m mostly busy tonight, but wanted to put something up because it seems like there’s a very good chance Alfonso Soriano will be traded to the Yankees tonight.
Theo told Sveum to take Sori out Yankees deal nearly done
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) July 25, 2013
Cubs would get a lower-tier pitching prospect if they finish the Soriano deal with the Yankees. They are waiting...
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...
The New York Yankees have traded for Alfonso Soriano. Whatever the Chicago Cubs get back in return it’s worth it. According to multiple sources, the Cubs have sent Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees. They will reportedly pitch in a large portion of the remaining $24.9 million Soriano is owed in return for a mid-level prospect. Take the bimbo here who seems to be his mistress too.
(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...
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...
Aaron Hill drove in two runs with a homer and double, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night and a split of their four-game series.
Cole Gillespie got the start in left field for the Cubs after Alfonso Soriano was removed from the lineup, pending completion of a trade to the New York Yankees. Soriano had yet to be dealt by the conclusion...