According to a string of tweets (beginning here) from Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Alfonso Soriano’s agent has been contacted by the Cubs, informing him that the Yankees had interest in a trade. He continues by saying that he’s “open to anything” trade-wise, provided that he plays every day on the team he is traded to. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune continues, here, that the Yankees are the only team who has contacted Soriano’s agent.
Soriano and the Yankees are a natural fit. Since the start of June, the Yankees have only had 2 home runs from the right hand side of the plate. Their offense is virtually dead right now, and a guy like Soriano makes sense. In earlier reports, the Cubs were apparently wanting a mid level prospect in exchange for Soriano- with them eating most of the money left on his deal.
Soriano makes sense for the Yankees as a right handed power bat, although his average and OBP are well down from previous years. He is hitting .256/.286/.471, although with 17 homers. A move to Yankee stadium could do him some good. He would likely be a relatively cheap patch for the Yankees’ injury-ridden outfield.