Yankees on the verge of trading for Alfonso Soriano

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The Yankees are on the verge of trading for Alfonso Soriano with the Cubs paying the bulk of what’s left on his contract in exchange for a mid-level prospect, according to George King of the NY Post.

Soriano, 37, is owed the remainder of his $18 million salary this season and another $18 million next year. Just like with the Vernon Wells trade, the Cubs are going to pay the bulk of that money next season so the Yankees can get under the $189 million luxury tax threshold with the Bombers picking up some of this year’s salary.

Soriano originally came up through the Yankees system before he was traded, almost 10 years ago, for Alex Rodriguez. He’s hitting .256/.286/.471 in 92 games this season which isn’t too much different than Lyle Overbay. The Yankees want him for his power against lefties which he’s hitting .280/.312/.508 against this year.

He also plays left field these days, not second base like he did with the Yankees. He’s turned himself into a decent defensive left fielder too with a positive UZR in seven of his last eight seasons including a high of 33.2 in 2007 and a 11.9 mark last year.

No word on exactly how much the Cubs will be paying him or which prospects the Yankees will send them yet. Once the deal is official we should find out. Stay tuned.

NEWS AND NOTES

• One of the Yankees top prospects, Tyler Austin, may be out for the season with a wrist injury. If that’s the end of the year for him then it’s been a tremendously disappointing season. Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 77 prospect in the game preseason, he hit just .254/.344/.367 in 81 games. Hopefully that was due to the injury and he comes back 100 percent next year.

Photo credit: (July 18, 2013 – Source: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images North America).

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11 Responses to Yankees on the verge of trading for Alfonso Soriano

  1. jfs says:

    not a bad idea depending on what the cubs pick up on the tab. cheaper than keeping grandy around next year(though he is not as good, some right handed balance in the lineup.
    they can also use him ichiro wells and jeter as rotating dh's and get rid of hafner.

    they still need more though if they are realistically going to push themselves into a wild card spot

  2. Mary says:

    I second that get rid of Hafner. If he had a 300 batting average that would be different. He sucks and can only DH.

  3. gcorcoran says:

    Jim Duquette ‏@Jim_Duquette 4m

    GM Jed Hoyer just told us – "we've had convos with teams about Soriano, but nothing is close at all" @MLBNetworkRadio

    Followed by JR and 2 others

  4. tom says:

    As always, if the price is right, it is a good move. Yanks won't have any good options to land a power hitter via free agency this coming off season. He can give us 30 home runs and 90 RBI a season just in case if Arod is not playing a single baseball game next year.

    What is up with Yankees not being one of few teams that give Alexander Guerrero a look? We need a SS after Jeter.

  5. Tanned Tom says:

    Jeez no! This guy sucks. Look again at his slash line, he bites against righties. He should be no more than a platoon player. For just a small glimpse into just how bad Soriano is, take a look at this: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/alfonso-soriano-an

    What do we need with another player who profiles very much like Vernon Wells? Perhaps he helps in a minor way for 2013, and it's also possible that with Granderson gone there will be no AAA OF ready for 2014, but really? He hasn't had a BA or OBP significantly above league average since 2008. Since then he's been a good power, low average, low OBP guy, high KO hitter. Does that sound familiar? Because it should, that's exactly what Mark Teixeira is, and we don't need another hitter like that. Low average and high KOs only work with good power AND good OBP. Without it he becomes an all or nothing black hole in the lineup.

    I know the price is likely to be low, but that alone should make us wonder why.

  6. tom says:

    Arod may face a lifetime ban so I think Yankees should shift the attention from Soriano to Utley. Utley would play 3B for us to get comfortable being a Yankee so he could be our 3b for next 2 or 3 years. Right now, defense isn't important as Yankees keep screaming for offensive impact. Utley can provide that.

    Or could Yankees find a way to get both Soriano and Utley? Both are definitely better than what we have from minor players.

    • Tanned Tom says:

      Yankee fans should be praying to Babe Ruth that A-Roid gets hit with a lifetime ban, it would make it possible to get under $189 mil for 2014, while at the same time allowing us to add some good players.

  7. Michael R says:

    Soriano is a mediocre player with some pop. I just don't think he is what the doctor would order to help heal this offense. A waste of a trade .

  8. David K. says:

    What is the point of adding Soriano now? We should be looking to jettison Wells, Hafner, Ichiro, Granderson and just about every other older or non-productive player. Does Cashman seriously think this team has any chance this year to do anything? We need to start preparing for next year right now.

    • jfs says:

      if all they do is get soriano, i agree there's not much of a point. the calculation needs to be: does this offense + Jeter + Granderson + Soriano give them a good chance to propel themselves into the playoffs? I tend to think not, BUT those 3 plus one more bat (decent hitting catcher or 3rd baseman somewhere) COULD be just enough to take one of those wild card spots. (remember they are less than 4 games out) at that point, you never know what could happen in a playoff series

      also, not sure you can get anything to prepare for next year by getting rid of the older/non-productive players because obviously, teams don't want that kind of player anyway (except maybe grandy). but hey, if there's a taker for hafner or wells, go for it, what have they got to lose other than a giant gaping hole at dh

      • Tanned Tom says:

        I think you make a good point about how close they are to the wild card spot. The questions, of course, is will Jeter or Granderson come back, and how effective will they be, can they add that one bat at the right price. I think it's almost a coin flip situation. What most bothers me most about Soriano is how bad he is against right handed pitching. And since 75% of the pitchers are right handed…
        Now maybe if the Cubs take Hafner…