Chicago Cubs Reportedly Close to Trading Alfonso Soriano to New York Yankees

By Dan Parzych

Less than 24 hours after sending Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers, it appears the Chicago Cubs could be on the verge of dealing another one of their key players–outfielder Alfonso Soriano.

With the trade deadline right around the corner, the New York Yankees are reportedly close to working out a trade to acquire Soriano from the Cubs–which would be ironic considering that’s where he spent the beginning of his career. Despite having a 52-47 record heading into Tuesday’s night, the Yankees could use all of the help in the world at this point in the season considering how tight the AL East is at this point.

At the moment, New York sits in fourth place in the division as they trail the Boston Red Sox by seven games and the addition of a player like Soriano should provide a boost to an offense that has been inconsistent at times during the 2013 season. It’s been no secret the Yankees have had to deal with their fair share of injuries for most of the season, but they’ve still managed to stay in contention for the AL East title.

Soriano may not have lived up to his hefty contract over the previous years, but the outfielder has been one of the hottest players in baseball as of lately as he’s batting .256 on the season to go along with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs. As for the Cubs, this would be a great move considering they will finally be getting rid of that hefty contract Soriano’s been carrying with him and focus more on building for the future.

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