Jul 19, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano (12) before the game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Alfonso Soriano trade official; In New York Yankees lineup batting cleanup

The full circle is complete for Alfonso Soriano as he returns home to New York where he began his Major League career in pinstrips.

Major League Baseball officially approved the trade this afternoon and according to Jon Heyman, Soriano is in the Yankees lineup and batting fourth.

Per Heyman:

Soriano trade was just approved. He’s in LF batting 4th #yankees

The Chicago Cubs have been attempting to trade Soriano for years now.

During the last two Major League Baseball trade deadlines, the San Francisco Giants (who have seemingly never filled the hole in left field since Barry Bonds departed) attempted to acquire Soriano but were rebuffed as the seven time All-Star declined the move citing the “cold weather”, something Chicago doesn’t have….

Unlike the Giants though, the New York Yankees were on Soriano’s approved trade list so the last hurdle both sides had to overcome were the financials. The Yankees were able to convince the Cubs to pay roughly $17.7 million of the approximately $24.5 million left on Soriano’s deal which was the final step to complete the trade.

The 37-year-old is hitting .254 this season with 17 home runs in 383 at-bat’s.

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