In rumors circulating around the New York this morning, The Empire is reporting that the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs are on the verge of a deal that would send 37-year-old Alfonso Soriano back to the Bronx and hopefully wake up some Yankee bats, in the city that never sleeps.
With the fire-sale still ranging in Chi-town after the trade that sent starting pitcher Matt Garza to Texas for prospects Mike Olt, Class A right-hander C.J. Edwards and right-hander Justin Grimm, Soriano, who last played for the Yanks in 2003 before being traded away in the A-Rod deal, looks to be the one of the last pieces the Cubs are looking to move in an effort to jump start their rebuilding efforts. George King of the New York Post and a according to source close to the talks reports that the following:
The Cubs will pay the bulk of what is left on Soriano’s contract. He makes $18 million this year and the same for next season.
Like they did in the Vernon Wells deal, whatever the Yankees pay will be laid out for the little more than the $6 million remaining Soriano’s contract this season. That way the Yankees aren’t on the hook for money next year when they want to get the payroll to $189 million. Soriano has a no-trade clause, but he would not block a deal to put him back in Pinstripes.
In return the Cubs will get a mid-level prospect.
Asked last night about the deal, GM Brian Cashman said, “I wouldn’t comment on that.’’
While this certainly isnt the same Soriano who signed with the club as a 22-year old free agent almost 9 years ago, with the news coming out of Milwaukee regarding Ryan Braun’s season ending PED suspension, one can only begin to assume that A-Rod is the next player with a needle pinning the proverbial steroid target on his back and the Yankees are now scrambling to find bats to fill the holes in their already decimated line-up.
Soriano, hitting .259/.289/.476 this season with 17 homers for the Cubs is merely a stop-gap for the Yanks who failed to stop the power bleed left through injuries to Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira. In serious need of power after belting only 88 homers this season and with Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner simply unable able to delivered as everyone hoped, if Soriano can bring back a hint of the pop in his bat that charged through the Bronx back in the day, lets hope this past-his-prime former Yank has enough life in his body to revive this flat-lining Yankees team.