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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