MLB trade rumors: Alfonso Soriano close to deal with New York Yankees

Jul 23, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano (12) breaks his bat during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs will be continuing to unload as they turn things around with new general manager Theo Epstein. After trading away Matt Garza, the next major name that could be leaving soon is Alfonso Soriano.

With this being the left fielder’s 14th year in the MLB, half of those spent with the Cubs, the 37-year-old told reporters that he is ready to move on and play with a contender.

That contender is looking more and more like the New York Yankees.

Nothing is done yet, but Gordon Wittenmyer, Cubs beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, tweets that Soriano believes the deal is close.

Soriano has a .254 batting average this season with the Cubs, along with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs. There seems to be a lot left in the tank for the left fielder. After bringing in a career-low 55 RBIs in 2009 once he began playing full seasons, he’s continually improved his RBI mark each season — including reaching a career high 108 last season.

Topics: Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees

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