A few days ago it was reported that the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs were nearing a deal that would send Alfonso Soriano back to the Bronx where he began his Major League career.
Those rumors quickly died down as a report out of New York suggested that while the two sides were indeed talking, no deal was close.
That has changed.
According to Paul Sullivan, the Yankees are close to acquiring Soriano who was a late scratch from tonight’s lineup:
Sori deal close to Yanks. Sveum confirms. Out of lineup.
Sveum of course is the Chicago Cubs manager, who confirmed the late scratch.
There’s no word on what the Cubs would be receiving in the said deal, assuming it does go through, but much of the return talent will most likely be in accordance to how much of Soriano’s remaining contract the Cubs are willing to absorb.
Update: Now according to Sullivan, Dale Sveum says the deal is ’99%’ done and he was told of the impending deal about an hour ago.