Alfonso Soriano Scratched From Cubs Lineup; Reportedly Close to Being Traded to Yankees
It’s been a busy week for the Chicago Cubs between trading Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers and all of the talk surrounding a possible trade of Alfonso Soriano to the New York Yankees. After days of rumors going back and fourth, it appears Soriano is close to becoming a member of the Yankees again–giving the team one of the hottest hitters in baseball over the last month.
To sum up, #Cubs Theo asked Sveum to take Soriano out of lineup tonite, saying deal with Yankees close to being done
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) July 25, 2013
Shortly after Soriano’s name was scratched from the Cubs lineup for Thursday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, it seemed like only a matter of time before the trade became official considering the team wouldn’t give their outfielder two nights off in a row. New York may still be in good shape to make a run at the AL East, but their offense has been inconsistent for most of the 2013 season.
Hopefully, that changes if they end up acquiring Soriano for their lineup.
He may not have lived up to his contract over the last couple of years, but it would be difficult for New York to pass on Soriano considering the type of numbers he’s displayed as of late and it will be interesting to see what type of impact he can make on the offense. For the sake of the Yankees, let’s hope this move turns out to be beneficial considering how much money they’ll be investing in Soriano over the rest of the 2012 season and next year.
Obviously, if Soriano helps get the Yankees to the playoffs–the money won’t be an issue at all.