Alfonso Soriano will wear Yankees pinstripes for the first time in nearly a decade.
It had been rumored this week that the New York Yankees were interested in trading for Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano and the rumors turned to truth today with the news that Soriano has agreed to waive his no trade clause to return to the Bronx where he played the first five years of his career.
Soriano is still owed roughly $6.5 million this season and another $18 million in 2014 the final year of his contract the Cubs will cover nearly $18 million of his remaining salary including $13 million next season. In return for the slugger the Cubs will get Class A pitcher Corey Black.
The Cubs at 17.5 games out of first in the NL Central are making a habit of shipping off parts. Soriano is one of five Cubs including starter Matt Garza and reliever Carlos Marmol who have been traded in advance of the trade deadline at the end of the month.
But for the Yankees today s trade signals an intent to make a serious push for the postseason. It s certainly a conceivable possibility. Despite having more than 40% of their payroll on the disabled list the Yankees hang just 6.5 games out of first in the AL East arguably this season s strongest division. A much needed infusion of power only six teams have fewer home runs thus far could go a long way towards closing that gap.
Soriano has 17 homers this season good for second most on the Yankees behind Robinson Cano and he s heated up of late His eight round trippers in July are more than the entire Yanks lineup combined. That power ought to continue in the Yankees hitter friendly park and if the team catches any shred of luck will bridge the gap until Derek Jeter Curtis Granderson and others make their long awaited returns from injury.
The Yankees new addition will take the field tonight in the opening contest of a three game homestand against the red hot Tampa Bay Rays.