It was reported last evening that the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees were nearing completion of a deal that would send outfielder Alfonso Soriano to the Bronx, but according to the Chicago Tribune that report was a bit premature.
Paul Sullivan is reporting that while the two sides are talking, a deal is ‘not close’ at the current moment:
The New York Post reported early Tuesday that the teams were close to a deal that would Soriano, who began his major league career with the Yankees, back to the Big Apple. But a Cubs source told the Tribune that conversations are preliminary and they are “not close” to a deal yet.
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said the same to MLB Network Radio, calling the report “very premature; we’ve had conversations with multiple teams about him, but nothing close.”
Soriano has a no-trade clause to a handful of teams but is reportedly willing to waive it to play for the Yankees, where he began his Major League career back in 1999.
The Cubs are also expected to pay a large portion of his remaining $24 million dollars on his contract.