On the brink of Alex Rodriguez’ likely imminent suspension for his reported link to the Miami based Biogenesis Anti-Aging clinic that distributed PEDs to professional athletes, the Yankees appear to be very close to acquiring the player that they originally traded away to get A-Rod back in 2004.
The New York Post’s George King reported earlier today that the Yankees are in serious talks with the Cubs to acquire the 37 year old Left Fielder today. King says that the two teams are “close” to a deal, that could be finished as soon as today.
According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal(via MLB.com), the main negotiating point in this trade is money, and how much of it the Cubs are going to continue to pay Soriano, who is due $17 million this year and $18 million next season. The Yankees are concerned about remaining under the $189 million luxury tax threshold next season to avoid harsh taxes. The NY Post reports that the Cubs are ready and willing to pick up the bulk of Soriano’s contract for the right prospects.
Soriano’s bat will be a welcome addition into the Yankees’ anemic lineup this season. He will likely see time in the DH spot as he moves back to the American League. This could take a ton of at bats away from Travis Hafner who has been struggling at the plate since May and hasn’t been able to play the field in years.
As soon as the trade is made official and we know for sure what its conditions are, we’ll be there to report it!