The New York Yankees got some bad news Sunday when outfielder Curtis Granderson broke his right forearm after taking a ball to his arm in a Spring Training game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Granderson will miss up to 10 weeks recovering from the fracture. May is the target date for his return and in the meantime, New York will have to find a replacement for him.
An interesting suggestion to replace him is Alfonso Soriano. Soriano is still under contract with the Chicago Cubs for another two years and has a no-trade clause in his contract. However, Soriano said that he is willing to accept a trade to the Yankees if it is necessary. Soriano started his career with the Yankees in 1999 and played with them until the 2003 season. Soriano was the centerpiece of the Alex Rodriguez deal when Rodriguez was with the Texas Rangers. The only thing concerning the Yankees would be his contract, which could be enough to deter them.
Soriano hit 32 home runs and had 108 RBI last season for the Cubs. When he is healthy, Soriano could do some damage for any team. If the Yankees take a chance on Soriano, it would be one of the first major moves to jump start the 2013 season.
The Yankees do not necessarily need to trade for anyone. The team has in-house options to go to. New York invited Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera to camp this year and both could look to make the roster. The Yankees will also look at Melky Mesa‘s performance in the World Baseball Classic to see if he is ready for Major League competition.