(Source) The Yankees and Cubs are in agreement on a trade that will send Alfonso Soriano back to the Bronx, pending approval from Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Nightengale adds that Soriano is expected to be in the Yankees’ lineup tonight, and a club official told him that the Cubs will receive a Class-A pitching prospect in exchange. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports (via Twitter) that the Yankees will pay $6.8MM of the roughly $24.5MM remaining on Soriano’s contract — $1.8MM in 2013 and $5MM in 2014. The Cubs will choose from a short list of pitching prospects that includes Corey Black, Tommy Kahnle and perhaps one other player, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Joel Sherman of the New York Post adds (via Twitter) that the Cubs are leaning towards Black, confirming a report from Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com.
Well everyone knew this was coming. The Alfonso Soriano era on the North Side is done, and it sort of feels like the unofficial ending of the Hendry/Zell era as well. Like when someone dies but you have constant reminders of them so it doesn’t fully set in right away. Soriano was the reminder of the Tribune Company. And I for one will never hate Soriano. Not for a second. The guy signed a contract that was outrageous. That’s not his fault. Everyone knew it was too many years/too much money almost immediately. That was a play by the Tribune Company to throw cash around knowing they wouldn’t be the ones to foot the bill in the long term once they sold the team, and Hendry being Hendry. Soriano had zero to do with that. We got exactly what everyone expected out of a 31 year old who was on the down slope of the career. People sort of forget that in 2007 and 2008 he was fantastic. Carried those two playoffs teams for stretches of the summer. After he came back from early season injuries in 2008, the buzz around that team all summer long was in large parts due to him. And yeah his defense sucks, but that was to be expected. Bottom line is Soriano was a good Cub and gave us some great memories. His contract isn’t his fault, and I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say he needed to be traded but the team definitely won’t be as fun this year without him.
As for what we got in return? Can’t say it’s blowing me away. Thought there would be more money taken on by the Yankees. Carl will tell you who these guys are once they’re selected but ultimately anything for Soriano is a good move for the Cubs. Get younger, cut salary, rebuild. #Commited.
Shark is the only one left standing from that 2008 team, fine by me.
Just seeing Fukodome’s name gave me shivers. Vividly remember going to opening day that year when he went 3-3 and looked like the second coming. Fuck.