Yanks in talks to acquire Soriano
Alfonso Soriano could soon be making a return to the Bronx.
The Yankees are currently working to acquire the Cubs outfielder and a deal is close, according to George King of the New York Post. There are still a number of wrinkles to be worked out with the deal, including how much of Soriano’s remaining contract will be paid by the Cubs, as well as Soriano needing to waive his no-trade clause.
Soriano, who turned down a trade to the Giants last season, is owed approximately $25 million through the end of next season. The Cubs are willing to cover most of that, but are asking for a mid-level prospect in return, according to the report.
Soriano’s bat would add some much-needed pop to a Yankees lineup that ranks 12th in the American League in runs scored, 13th in home runs and 14th in batting average.
The Cubs outfielder is hitting .256 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs. Ten of those homers have come in Soriano’s last 20 games, including eight already in the month of July.
Soriano made his Major League debut with the Yankees in 1999 and went on to hit .284 with 98 home runs, 270 RBIs and 121 stolen bases over parts of five seasons in pinstripes. As a member of the Yanks in 2002, he led the American League in runs (128), hits (209) and stolen bases (41).