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Alfonso Soriano-to-the-Yankees talk is “very premature”

Jul 23, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

Alfonso Soriano AP

The New York side of the reporting late last night had Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees as all but a done deal.  The Chicago side, however, has come out today saying that discussions have been had but that it is not imminent.

On MLB Network Radio today, Jed Hoyer said such reports are “very premature” and that there is “nothing close at all.” This is backed up by other reports saying that the talks are preliminary.

So, New York scribes: you may have to wait a day or two for that column in which you talk about how refreshing it is that the man who was once traded for Alex Rodriguez is coming back to breathe a breath of fresh air back into the Bronx or whatever it is you have planned.

  1. number42is1 - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    If soriano comes back and Arod gets banned for life can we just pretend that 2004 never happened?

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:56 PM


      – Everyone north of I-84 in New England

      • bigharold - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        Are these the same folks that were chomping at the bit to get A-Rod and wanted “No-MA” thrown overboard?

        Everyobe South of I84.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Hey, getting rid of No-mah…impolitic as it may have been…turned out to be THE right move in terms of getting the ’04 Sox in the right head-space.

        And you can’t really blame any big-spending team for being interested in A-Rod’s bat WAY BACK in 2004, contract aside.

  2. holleywood9 - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    I second that opinion

  3. jputignano - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    “What Alfonso Soriano Would Bring to the Struggling Yankees.” – Joseph Putignano

  4. wonkypenguin - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    And Matt Garza was guaranteed to pitch last night…

  5. jrbdmb - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Soriano … “breath of fresh air.” LOL.

  6. sdelmonte - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I can see Theo, still wanting to make life rough for his frenemy Brian, saying “so, I see you might be really desperate.”

    Alternately, saying “I am altering the deal. Pray I do not alter it further.”

  7. aceshigh11 - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Soriano, Wells and A-Rod on the same team…

    Won’t that create, like, a black hole of bad contract signings that threatens to make all of MLB collapse in on itself?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Don’t worry – they have Sabathia as the central support beam – and for now the anti-matter shields are holding.

  8. psunick - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Are you angry, Craig?

  9. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Holy crap why are they doing this? With Arod possibly facing a ban for the remainder of the year, and the rest of lineup (non-Cano division) being crap, why take no additional salary? Sell now and try to get something back. Kuroda/Robertson and possibly Cano if you have to.

  10. laserrocketarm31 - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Of course it is premature. They were just offering a mid-level prospect and to have the Cubs pay most of the salary. The price for Soriano has always been a real prospect and the Cubs pay for him or you eat his contract yourself. Without either of these there is no reason for the Cubs to move him.

  11. moshe - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    A-Rod, Texeira, Granderson…just what the yankees need. Another overpriced player with no idea of what a strike zone looks like that’s years beyond his prime.

  12. theinconvienenttruth - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    This might provide “protection” for Cano but I don’t see opposing teams in fear to face Soriano

  13. unclemosesgreen - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    So what you’re saying is that it’s 99% done?

  14. noslenisnelson - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Reblogged this on Chatting with Nelson .

  15. ctony1216 - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Get Kyle Blanks from the Padres, instead or also. Blanks hammers lefties and can platoon at 1B with Overbay and also plays OF. (Yes, he’s on the DL with a sore heel, but he’ll be playing this weekend.) The guy is a monster. He could check his swing and hit the ball out in Camden Yards and Fenway.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      Blanks hammers lefties

      vs RHP – .227/.308/.429 – 736 OPS
      vs LHP – .240/.335/.409 – 743 OPS

      I wouldn’t say he hammers them, but considering hte Yanks lineup, he might actually be an upgrade.

      holy crap I can’t believe I just wrote that.

      • ptfu - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:47 PM

        Speaking of Padres platoon 1B/corner OF, how about Jesus Guzman? Guzman has better career numbers against LHP, though he’s not hitting much of anything this season. And he’s worse against RHP–though his .728 OPS vs RHP this year is above his career average, heheheh. He’d probably be even cheaper to trade for than Blanks, and he’s healthy now.

        vs LHP — .291/.361/.478, .839 OPS
        vs RHP — .249/.305/.396, .701 OPS

    • ctony1216 - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      Blanks is hitting .299 with an .872 OPS vs. lefties this season, which is actually better than what Soriano is doing.

      Blanks was slowed up by injuries his first few years in the majors. This is the first year he’s getting regular playing time while healthy. He’s a career .304 hitter (.904 OPS) in the minors, and the Padres got to see what he’s capable of earlier in the year. He wouldn’t cost the Yankees much, in terms of salary or trade prospects. The Padres don’t have a place for him with Yonder Alonso back and 4 healthy OFers. It’s a win-win for both teams.

  16. deathmonkey41 - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Why? And even more importantly- WHY??????

  17. rcali - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Just when you thought the Yankees couldn’t skew an older, her comes another 37 year old .250 hitter! The Yankees have turned into that guy with the bad come over. You’re just so embarrassed for them as they try and hold on to the past.

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