Alfonso Soriano Pulled from Lineup, Trade to Yankees Nearly Official

The Cubs are very close to trading Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees according to multiple reports. Soriano was in the original lineup for Thursday’s finale in Phoenix before Theo Epstein instructed Dale Sveum to pull him from the lineup because a deal was close.

Dale Sveum said the trade is “99 percent completed” and he is going where he will feel comfortable.

Alfonso Soriano is reportedly taking batting practice but it appears his days as a Cub have come to an end.

According to Buster Olney, the Cubs would receive a lower-tier pitching prospect in return for Soriano. The team is reportedly waiting for the formal waiver from Soriano. The Cubs would eat the bulk of the nearly $25 million owed to Soriano if the deal is completed. According to reports, the Cubs players in the clubhouse are not happy he’s leaving.

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  • Josh Man

    I’m interested to see both what the return is and how much of his salary we’re covering. I understand the reason for moving Soriano, but I don’t like the idea of covering a majority of the contract and only getting a lower level prospect in return. If we cover a majority of the money, I think it should be a better prospect. If the Yankees are taking over a majority of the contract, I’m okay with whatever we get back in return. I suppose we’ll know soon enough. Thanks for everything, Soriano!

    • matthew8510

      think of it this way we have to pay all of his salary if he stayed but now we get lil salary relief and a prospect its a win win situation

    • gary3411

      Soriano is not a very valuable player right now. He’s only a fringe starter against righthanders if he has to play defense. A fringe prospect is all we would probably get even if we ate the whole thing. At this point, I’m for trade everything and anything.

  • Vivid_Reality

    I know the name wasn’t leaked last time but I really hope we get Mark Montgomery in return for Fonzi. He could step into the bulpen this year and create competition for the closer job in the next few seasons.

  • cubtex

    He was a class act. Never embarrassed the franchise with any off field issues and was a great teammate.

  • Baron_S

    eating the bulk of the contract and a lower-tier pitching prospect… this doesnt sound too appetizing…. it really is the proverbial bag of balls trade….

    I would expect somone of the caliber of a Josh Schmidt(MLB ready i think) or Zach McCalister…..
    both are dealing at Trenton (AA)…..

    an A ball guy + the bulk of the contract sounds like a shitty deal to me

  • Suzy S

    Sign me up for the ” I’ll miss Fonzie parade”. I bashed him a lot in the middle of his contract…but he was a player that gave his all…and treated everyone with respect.
    He’s earned the hearts of Cubs fans. I hope his last 2 seasons treat him well…the Yankee’s can be a real grinder.
    Good Luck Mr. Soriano…your class will be missed.

    • DWalker

      I’m with you. I was a tough critic of him, but he has been a good guy for the team. His bat (when hot) and attitude will be missed

    • Sonate

      Agreed. You said it better than I ever could.

    • cc002600

      agree, but its time to move on.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I will miss his hot streaks!
      I agree the return back sounds like it could be minimal, but with Lake/Vitters and others needing at-bats at the mlb level, to see if they can be our future or not, we need him gone.
      If we kept him and benched him extensively, it would just likely be an awkward situation and something the media would play up and it would be a distraction for the clubhouse. So it is addition by subtraction (we hope!) in giving the newer kids the playing time in his absence the rest of this year and next.

  • Suzy S

    BTW.. I hate these 99 percent done deals…Sveum should be whipped with a wet noodle for using that phrase.

  • matthew8510

    whos next?Shierholtz, Navarro, or gregg

    • Theboardrider

      That’s a good question. My gut says Schierholtz but could be Navarro. Navarro is a really solid offensive catcher. He could help any team advance in the playoffs.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Hopefully…..all of them.

      Let’s load up with prospects.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Shark, I hope, to the Braves. But unlikely, I guess. Of your names, I think it is neck-and-neck for Gregg and Schierholtz. Unless there are some catcher injuries on prospective playoff teams, I am not sure Navarro nets us much as a rental. Maybe he will be thrown in with either of the others to increase the caliber of the prospects yielded in return. The Cubs may want to resign Navarro…we aren’t exactly deep at that position it seems.

  • Neil

    Sveum on Soriano: “He’s 100 percent completely different than I thought. There hasn’t been a day of disappointment in his attitude/work ethic.”

  • cubtex

    Sports center just put up a side by side comparison of ARods numbers vs Sori since 2004. Pretty similar but ARod’s salary was 275 mil vs 135 mil for Sori. Sori was a bargain :)

  • JimBo_C

    do the Yankees have any of their international signing pool money left? Perhaps that could be part of this deal.

  • paulcatanese

    In a perfect world Sveum should have had the watermelons to insist on Soriono in the lineup
    tonight, have him hit a grand slam, go back to the dugout, come out for a curtain call, and peel his jersey
    off slowly and blow kisses to the fans, hug the rest of the team and leave the field for the last time in a Cub uniform amidst the cheers of the fans.
    But, I don’t think so, and awoke from my afternoon nap with the sinking feeling that it has happened. He is gone. It will shortly be a reality, at the least though he returns to the pin stripes and another logo that is not the Cub logo, but remains in pin stripes.
    I will miss Mr. Soriono, Mr. Chickenlegs (as I am called), the hop, skip and jump when catching a fly ball,
    and the courage that it took to steal those ten or so base’s before he left. No one has hit those home runs
    with the solid crack that could be heard even on the TV.
    He is a credit to his family, the Cub franchise, his teammates, and even to the fans who wanted him gone.
    He was a friend (or tried to be) to Zambrano, and called him out when others hadn’t. Friend to Castro, mentored him and would have done the same for Lake, they are countrymen, and Soriono is also a credit to his country.
    A proud man, ignored the Boo’s from the fans who wanted him gone and played with very sore legs.
    He came back to the fold last year, worked hard and became at the least affair to decent outfielder, amid the people who said he was thru this year, he ground it out, started hitting again and even led the Cubs in stolen bases before his departure today.
    I will remember the 25th of July, 2013, the day I lost what I would like to think of as a friend.
    Good Luck Mr. Soriono, I hope you get a ring or even two before you turn in you’re spikes for the last time.

    • RickinMSP

      Paul, that was truly a beautiful and gracious tribute.

      • paulcatanese

        Thank you.

    • cubtex

      Very well said Paul!

      • paulcatanese

        Thanks, I will miss him.

    • Suzy S

      Paul, excellent post. It shines as brightly on you and your spirit as well as Soriano’s. Well said.

      • paulcatanese

        Thanks Suzy, I could write it but couldn’t read it until now.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I know I’ll take a lot of heat for this, but its Soriano.

  • TrevorPetersma

    Probably best for the team, but I’ll miss him. I was always a Soriano apologist, even during the really frustrating stretches. Bought my son a Soriano t-shirt when he was six months old. Thanks for the no-doubt HRs.. I’m sad we won’t get to chant SO-RI-ANO anymore.

  • matthew8510

    8:05pm: USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that the two sides have agreed on which pitching prospect will be going to the Cubs, and a deal has nearly been finalized.

    • BosephHeyden

      Translation: it will be a hitting prospect. Or the deal is about to be DOA.

  • RickinMSP

    In 2010 I would have been glad to see him go. In 2013 I find myself surprisingly sad to see him go. I know it is for the best for both Soriano and the Cubs, but he is a classy player who worked hard and took care of his teammates. I’m really gonna miss the guy.

  • SirGladiator

    The key is who we’re getting. Soriano is raking, a power machine who will instantly be one of the best hitters the Yankees have in their lineup. If we’re paying most of his salary, we’d better be getting a high quality prospect. If we’re not, this is a terrible deal. I hope the report that we’re getting a crappy player is wrong. We literally hold ALL the cards here, the Yankees are super desperate for hitting, if we’re paying his tab, we should be able to select any player in the Yankees farm system, at a minimum. Here’s hoping that report about us getting a crappy player is wrong, and that we’re getting a top of the line one instead. Theo always does good trades, the idea of him being fleeced by the Yankees isn’t the way he’d want his first trade with the Yankees to go, I would think.

    • Suzy S

      Sorry to disagree with you here…But the key to this deal is only about the space to audition young players for the future.
      What we get back is irrelevant…and will be seen as a horrible deal if it is just looked at player for player.
      The other importance of the deal is to give Soriano an opportunity to go out with a winning team…a gesture of respect for all that he has done for the Cubs.
      I would think that some international cap money might be coming back to the Cubs as well.

      • SirGladiator

        Soriano has more home runs this month than the entire Yankees TEAM. If they want to ‘audition’ young players that’s great, but that’s no excuse to give away a super-valuable player like Soriano. And that’s exactly what he is for the Yankees. It’s about getting maximum value for a valuable player, not letting an unknown get extra at-bats, or giving Soriano one more playoff trip. I’m all for both those things happening, but not at the expense of a bad trade. I want high quality for Soriano, or just keep him until next year when he will be even more valuable, with less money on his contract.

      • J Daniel

        And the $5-8 mil which helps cover international money.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I hope he hits 30+ home runs this year and next year, too, and drives in 100 runs each year. That would be real nice.

  • Steve Baier

    I definitely will miss seeing Soriano in the lineup, but the emergence of Junior Lake softens the blow a little, at least. I’m just glad so many Cub fans have come around to see that Soriano is a good guy and a good teammate. Hope he has a strong finish to the season, even if it is with the Yankees.

  • Theboardrider

    The Cubs will now officially be a tram without a star, without a role-model and mentor for young players. Depending on what they get back it is probably for the best, but I think he will be missed in many intangible ways. A guy like Lake trying to make a name for himself had Soriano to look up to and emulate. When he told gmyoung players how it is done they would be fools not to listen.

    I think it is important that they replace this dynamic. If not with a player than through coaching. I dkn’t jnow the answer but this could come back to bite us in the ass down the road.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      yep…very 2006-ish.
      Difference is that in 2006 there were so many rookies and backups playing due to injury and Dusty’s insistence on playing guys like Neifi Perez. Here are some guys that got over 200 at-bats that year: Ronny Cedeno, Neifi Perez, John Mabry, Henry Blanco, Jacque Jones, and we had 15 different pitchers with at least 1 start. WoW. Les Walrond…Ryan O’Malley…Juan Mateo, Glendon Rusch…gulp!
      At least our lack of experienced stars in the lineup seems to be by design this time around, and we are actually looking forward to seeing what some of these farm guys can do.

    • daverj

      We have veteran cody ranson … I kid, I kid.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    All I ask, if Soriano is traded, is to bring up some fresh blood for at-bats, and that we don’t replace his at-bats with older veteran guys that really aren’t part of the future. I know they won’t all hit like Junior Lake right off the bat, but if they are going to remain a sub-.500 team, at least let me see glimpses of the future I can get excited about and invested in!

    • daverj

      At bats will go to lake, borbon, dejesus, schierholtz, Sweeney and bogusevic. Probably not what you had in mind other than lake. Maybe Brett Jackson or vitters are called up in a few weeks, but I don’t think they have a role in the future as anything more than bench players. I actually think Jackson could make for a good 5th outfielder.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    East Coast reports are saying the Cubs will get a pitcher named Corey Black.

  • Rick Barkan

    Sorry but i see no sense to pay his salary and send him to the yankoffs. Can someone make sense of this for me.

    • woody34

      Again, its all about playing time for the likes of Junior Lake etc.

    • Tony_Hall

      If the Yankees pay $5M, $8M, $10M it is found money. The chance of getting a better return for Soriano in the off-season or next year at the trade deadline is slim. He is at the high point, being healthy and finishing a hot streak, to show he can still do it. The Cubs FO does a very good job picking out young hard throwers from other teams.