According to reports from George A. King III of the New York Post and Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs appear to be closing in on a trade that would send left fielder Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees.
Before Cubs’ fans rejoice, there is reason to be cautious in getting your hopes up.
Soriano has a full-no trade clause via his 10-5 rights and the left fielder is no stranger to invoking those rights. Last season, the Cubs and San Francisco Giants were believed to have agreed on a deal that would have sent Soriano to the Giants before the Cubs’ left fielder invoked his no-trade rights.
Soriano has admitted before that he would like to play for a contender once more and there was no contender greater than the Giants last season, the team that won the World Series.
Though, to Soriano at least, the Giants are not the Yankees.
Meaning that it would appear that Soriano would be more open to a trade to the Yankees than he was to a trade to the Giants.
Soriano spent the first five seasons of his career playing with the Yankees. During those five seasons, Soriano developed a deep fondness for the Yankees as well as New York.
The Yankees are team that would feature familiar faces for Soriano in former Cubs’ general manager Jim Hendry–who is working as a scout with the Yankees–and former Cubs’ pitching Larry Rothschild, who is serving in the same capacity with the Yankees.
The Yankees are a team that is in desperate need of Soriano’s power. With Derek Jeter dealing with complications from his ankle injury last season and the increasing chances that Alex Rodriguez has played the last game of his career, the Yankees are a team that that needs to acquire more run-production if they have any hope of contending for a playoff spot.
That is what the Yankees would be getting with Soriano. Soriano is currently hitting .256/.286/.471/.757 this season with the Cubs to go along with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs.
Soriano is owed approximately $24 million over the remainder of this season and the entirety of the 2014 season. The Yankees will take on the $6 million that Soriano is owed for the remainder of the 2013 season while the Cubs will absorb the $18 million that the left fielder is owed in 2014. The Cubs are expected to receive a mid-level prospect from the Yankees for Soriano.