Alfonso Soriano traded to the New York Yankees

Alfonso Soriano is back with the Yankees

7/26/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jul 19, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano (12) is congratulated for his home run by third base coach David Bell (3) during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY SportsAfter 9+ seasons away from the Bronx, Alfonso Soriano is returning to the Yankees thanks to a trade that will free him from the oppression of the 4th-place Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs will pick up $17.7M of the money owed to Soriano over the next season and a half, leaving the Yankees to pay the remaining $6.8M for Soriano's services.

Soriano began his career with the Yankees as an electrifying young second baseman with an incredible combination of speed and power. Later, in 2006 with the Nationals, he became a member of the 40-40 club, with 46 HR and 41 stolen bases.

At this point in his career, Soriano is a just a left fielder with waning speed and a little pop, but he could provide a much-needed spark in the Yankees' lineup. His 17 HR this year are more than every Yankees player except Robinson Cano, and the Yankees are currently 12th in the AL (out of 15) in runs scored.

This should be a solid pickup for the Yankees, and with the Cubs picking up most of his salary, it's a pretty good deal financially as well.
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