Results tagged ‘ Alfonso Soriano ’

7/25 Soriano headed to Yankees

Alfonso Soriano is apparently headed back to the Yankees, where he began his Major League career. Soriano was in the Cubs’ starting lineup on Thursday for the series finale against the Diamondbacks, but president of baseball operations Theo Epstein called manager Dale Sveum and asked him to pull the 37-year-old outfielder, saying a deal was “99 percent” completed.

Major League Baseball has to review the financial terms of the deal, and an official announcement may not come until Friday.

The Yankees were 6 1/2 games back in the American League East. Can Soriano help the Yankees?

“He’s going to a place that is obviously one of the better stadiums, and he’s been there before and has performed in that atmosphere before,” Sveum said. “Obviously, they’ve had a lot of injuries, and he’s the guy who can fill that void as [designated hitter] and in left field.”

Soriano has hit 10 home runs in his last 21 games, and was batting .286 in that stretch with six doubles, 21 RBIs and a 1.044 OPS, dating to June 28. He has homered in five of his last 14 games, and ranks seventh among active players in career home runs with 389.

— Carrie Muskat

7/23 Alfonso Soriano update

Theo Epstein planned to meet with Alfonso Soriano, who was caught off guard by reports that the Cubs and Yankees were close to completing a deal which would send the 37-year-old outfielder back to the team he broke in with.

“I saw the news and got surprised,” Soriano said Tuesday. “My agent told me the Yankees just called but it’s nothing serious and it’s nothing close. When I saw it on TV, I got a little surprised. I didn’t know it was coming — they put a lot of pressure on me, because a lot of friends called me and family when they saw the rumor on TV. my agent and me, we have the control. We talked, and I think if something happens, I want to be the first one to know.”

Epstein and Jed Hoyer were in Arizona on Tuesday and were going to talk to Soriano about his options. The Yankees aren’t the only team that has inquired about Soriano, Epstein said.

“They’re not the first team to call,” Epstein said. “They’re the first team to show up in the paper in their home city right away.”

Soriano has a no-trade clause. Would he consider playing for the Yankees again?

“I just focus, play baseball, play the game today,” he said. “If it happens, if I’m getting closer, I’ll think about it. Now, there’s nothing there. If the president and the GM don’t call my agent, it’s because nothing happened, nothing’s close. If it gets close, I want time to think about it. Now, there’s nothing to think about.”

It would be a homecoming for Soriano, who broke into the U.S. Major Leagues with the Yankees in 1999.

“That’s my first organization, and I enjoyed my time with the Yankees,” he said. “They have a very good team. They are the Yankees. They always make the playoffs, no matter what team they have, no matter what pitching they’ve got. They always find a way. It’s one of the best organizations in baseball.”

— Carrie Muskat

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).

12/11 Report: Phillies interested in Soriano

According to Jon Heyman of and MLB Network, the Cubs and Phillies have discussed a deal that would send Alfonso Soriano to Philadelphia in exchange for Domonic Brown. Heyman notes the Phillies may be more inclined to sign a free agent, such as Cody Ross. The Cubs are reportedly willing to pay $10 million of the $38 million remaining on Soriano’s deal if they can get top prospects in return. Soriano, who turns 37 in January, batted .262 with 32 home runs lsat season. As a player with 10-and-5 rights, he would have to approve the deal.

— Carrie Muskat

7/30 Cubs rumors

Ryan Dempster’s next scheduled start is Tuesday night, with the first pitch at Wrigley Field scheduled for four hours after the 3 p.m. CT Trade Deadline. Will he still be in a Cubs uniform by then? Yahoo’s Tim Brown tweets Monday that the Dodgers are still talking to the Cubs about Dempster, and FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says Alfonso Soriano could be part of the trade. On Sunday, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer wrote the Cubs’ failed attempt to get pitching prospect Allen Webster from the Dodgers created a stalemate. The Dodgers have had an offer on the table for Dempster since mid July.

The Braves appeared to have completed a deal one week ago for Dempster, who said Sunday: “Who’s to say I was going to say no or yes to whatever team.  All I said was that I just, at that time, I needed to think about everything.”’s Mark Bowman says there’s no guarantee 22-year-old Randall Delgado is still available to deal to the Cubs for Dempster.

Rosenthal points out that under the new CBA, there is no longer a required 24-hour waiting period for 10-and-5 players to approve a trade. So, any deals can go right to the deadline as long as the player gives consent. That applies to Dempster.

— Carrie Muskat


2/10 Hoyer: Soriano “unlikely” to be traded

Alfonso Soriano has been mentioned in trade rumors this offseason but he was expected to be back in left field at the start of the 2012 season for the Cubs. GM Jed Hoyer said it was “unlikely” that Soriano would be dealt by Opening Day.

“I know Sori’s been working really hard this offseason … our hope is obviously you want him to get on base a little more,” Hoyer said during an interview on ESPN 1000 on Thursday. “The power was there last year, the RBIs were there. Obviously, it really comes down to defense and we’re hoping with some better conditioning and some better health that he can be a little better out there. We don’t want to do anything to hurt our pitchers but we do believe there’s something left in Sori.”

Soriano, who turned 36 in January, hit 26 homers and drove in 88 runs last season but batted .244.

— Carrie Muskat

1/6 AL teams talk to Cubs about Soriano

The Cubs traded Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins on Thursday. Could Alfonso Soriano be next to go? According to reports, the Orioles were one of a few American League teams who talked to the Cubs about a possible deal involving Soriano. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Thursday the Cubs could not find a match for the outfielder after talking to a few teams. Soriano, who turns 36 on Saturday, is owed $54 million over the final three years of his contract.

On Thursday, Theo Epstein was asked about Soriano, and said the outfielder is still a valuable offensive player and that it’s up to the Cubs to get the best out of him.

— Carrie Muskat

7/19 Soriano: “I don’t worry”

Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has heard the rumors. It’s July, close to the trading deadline, and his name has been mentioned before.

“I don’t worry,” he said. “I don’t have control of that situation.”

Soriano, 35, would be an expensive addition for a team. His contract with the Cubs runs through 2014, and he is owed $18 million each year. He does have a full no-trade clause and is closing in on 10-and-5 status, but said he would not get in the way if the Cubs approached him about a possible deal.

The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday there were “unconfirmed rumors” that the Yankees were interested but sources told there have not been any conversations. Soriano entered Tuesday’s game against the Phillies just 1-for-14 since the All-Star break, and batting .255 overall with 14 homers and 41 RBIs. However, he hasn’t homered since June 19.

— Carrie Muskat

7/17 Soriano to Yankees?

The Chicago Tribune reported on Sunday an “unconfirmed rumor” from the Cubs camp has the Yankees looking at a multi-player deal with the Cubs, which would involve Alfonso Soriano. He would be an expensive addition as Soriano is owed nearly $63 million and is signed through 2014. But the Yankees apparently want more production from left field. Soriano, 35, does have a no-trade clause. He played for the Yankees from 1999-2003, but was a second baseman then.

— Carrie Muskat