ESPN The trade of Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano to the New York Yankees was finalized Friday after he officially waived his no-trade clause, sources told ESPN. Of the estimated $24.5 million Soriano is owed through the end of next season, the Cubs are going to pick up about $17.7 million and the Yankees will cover the remaining $6.8 million, sources said. Soriano is scheduled to make $18 million next season, $5 million of which will be paid by the Yankees, the sources said. Major League Baseball had to approve the dollar exchange for the trade to go through. The Cubs will get Class A pitcher Corey Black from the Yankees, sources told ESPN’s Jim Bowden. Soriano, 37, began his career with the Yankees — playing for them from 1999-2003 — and will have some familiar faces waiting for him now that he’s returning to the Bronx. “It was great when I used to be with the Yankees,” Soriano said. “My best friend with the team is [Derek] Jeter, and he’s still there. Mariano [Rivera] is still there too. And me and [Robinson] Cano are good friends, too, because we’re from the same town. I could feel very good with the Yankees because I’ve been part of the family before with them.” Soriano is batting .254 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs this season and has heated up in July, with eight homers and 16 RBIs. He’s 11 hits shy of 2,000 for his career and 11 home runs short of 400.
I hope you didn’t throw out those old jersey-shirts, Yankees fans, because the Alfonso Soriano era is back. Obviously the Yankees needed to make this move, with Teixiera out for the year, Jeter, Granderson, and Youk injured and who knows what the hell is going on with A-Roid the Yankees need bats in the worst way. I mean they are currently counting on Brad Lillibridge to drive in runs in key scenarios which is not a good thing. I’ve never been the biggest Soriano fan, he is one of the streakiest players in the game which makes his numbers look great at the end of the season, but his numbers come in bunches. However the Yankees needed a bat who is capable of driving in runs and that’s what they got in Soriano, and they got him very cheap, not like that matters in the Bronx. I don’t think they are done dealing, but getting a bat for the middle of the order is a step in the right direction for the Yankees.