MLB: Yankees Reportedly Targeting Cubs' Alfonso Soriano

The New York Yankees are reportedly in serious talks with the Chicago Cubs on acquiring outfielder Alfonso Soriano.

Jul 23 2013, 8:43pm CDT | by

MLB: Yankees Reportedly Targeting Cubs' Alfonso Soriano
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Could Alfonso Soriano be returning to the New York Yankees?

Mark Feinsand and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News write the Yankees and Chicago Cubs are in discussions about a deal which would have Soriano going to New York, where he began his major league career in 1999. Should the proposed deal materialize, Soriano would play his natural left field position while Vernon Wells would move to either a designated hitter or backup role. 

In return for Soriano, the Yankees would send a prospect to the Cubs, per the New York Daily News

CBS New York also verified the possibility of Soriano becoming a Yankee, referring to a report written by CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman. It also adds Soriano has veto power, which means he has to approve the deal for it to become official. 

This is in reference to a player's 10-5 veto control. Any major leaguer with 10 years of experience and five years with the same team retains this privilege, which Soriano used to veto a trade that would have made him a San Franciso Giant last year. 

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer puts to rest all speculations that it's a virtually done deal. He says everything is still "premature" in an ESPN Chicago featured article dated July 23. 

"If you're referring to that Soriano rumor, that's very premature. We've had some discussions with some different teams about Sori, nothing close at all. That's not nearly as advanced as those reports make it seem."

The same article also points out the Yankees' desire to obtain Soriano's services stem from the uncertain statuses of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez which emphasizes an urgent need for more hitting. Both Jeter and Rodriguez are on the diabled list with the latter facing a possible suspension due to his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis PED scandal. 

Soriano' game has picked up lately, hitting eight home runs during an 11-game span from June 28 to July 9. Over his last 20 games, he's hit .296 with 10 home runs and 21 RBIs, per the Chicago Tribune

 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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