From the Wire … Cubs Trade Alfonso Soriano to the New York Yankees

The Cubs made the official announcement on Friday afternoon that they sent Alfonso Soriano and cash to the New York Yankees for minor league RHP Corey Black. Soriano flew to New York following Thursday night’s game in Phoenix and the two teams waited for the paperwork to be finalized with Major League Baseball before announcing the deal.

The Cubs will reportedly send $18 million of the $24.8 million remaining on Soriano’s contract to the Yankees. The Cubs will receive $6.8 million in salary relief in the deal. The Yankees will pay a pro-rated portion of the $5 million this season ($1.8 million) plus $5 million toward Soriano’s $18 million contract for next season.

Alfonso Soriano is hitting fourth and playing left field for the Yankees on Friday night and worked out a deal with Vernon Wells so he could wear his familiar No. 12 during his second stint in the Bronx.

Corey Black has been assigned to High-A Daytona.

With Soriano back in Yankee pinstripes, the Cubs 40-man roster officially stands at 39 players.

Alfonso Soriano signed with the Cubs in November of 2006 and reportedly left money on the table for a chance to win with the Cubs. The Cubs signed Soriano to a eight-year, $136 million contract that included a no-trade clause at the time.

Alfonso Soriano made his Cubs’ debut on April 2, 2007 in Cincinnati. Soriano hit leadoff and started in centerfield for Lou Piniella. Soriano went 1-for-4 in his first game in a Cubs’ uniform.

Alfonso Soriano played his final game on Tuesday night (July 23) in Phoenix. Soriano went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored while hitting fourth and playing left field. Soriano said good bye to his teammates following Thursday’s game in what was described as an emotional scene in the Cubs’ clubhouse. Soriano changed a lot of the perceptions about him during his last two seasons with the Cubs. And really showed improvement in the field under Dave McKay.

Alfonso Soriano hit 181 home runs in a Cubs’ uniform, good enough for 11th place on the organization’s All-Time Home Run list, nine behind Hack Wilson for tenth all-time.

Alfonso Soriano hit .264/.317/.495/.812 with 218 doubles, 13 triples and 181 home runs in 889 games over six-plus seasons with the Chicago Cubs. Soriano played for three different managers (Lou Piniella, Mike Quade and Dale Sveum) during his time on the North Side of Chicago.

Alfonso Soriano’s Page on Baseball-Reference

The Cubs received minor league RHP Corey Black in the deal. Baseball America ranked Corey Black as the 25th best prospect in the Yankees system prior to the season. The Yankees selected 21-year old in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.

Corey Black is from San Diego and started his college career at San Diego State … chances are Jason McLeod is familiar with Black.

Black is a hard-throwing right hander (94-98 mph sinking fastball) but does struggle with his command. In 19 starts in A-ball this season, Black posted a 3-8 record with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Corey Black’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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