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Done deal: Alfonso Soriano to be in Yankees lineup tonight

Jul 26, 2013, 8:23 AM EST

UPDATE: The trade haul for Chicago: minor league right-hander Corey Black. Black is the 25th ranked prospect in the Yankees organization. He has great velocity but zero command so he’s, to put it mildly, a project.

UPDATE:  Buster Olney reports that the Cubs will pay roughly $17.7 million of the approximately $24.5 million left on Alfonso Soriano‘s contract. We’re still awaiting word on who is going back to Chicago, but the word is that the Cubs are deciding among several low-level minor league pitching prospects.

8:23 AM: Gentlemen, start your “and now comes the man New York never should have traded away for Alex Rodriguez” columns. You know you want to. Just don’t try to figure out how the 2009 World Series would’ve worked, OK?

For as much as we’ve slagged on Soriano over the years this is a good pickup for New York. They have zero power at the moment. That’s the one part of Soriano’s game which still plays.

More details of what we know about the trade so far can be read here.

  1. gothapotamus90210 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    If the Yankees make the playoffs with this rag-tag group, Giraridi is manager of the year, hands down.

    • cackalackyank - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      If they are even close he should be manager of the year, but he won’t be because of the “yeah but look at the payroll he still had left to work with” crowd.

      • kopy - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        It is pretty nice to be able to throw over $200 million at the wall and see what sticks. The major names on the DL make as much as the Orioles, but the healthy players still make about as much as the Reds, Rangers, and Nationals.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      If Girardi is manager of the year, how can Brian Cashman still have a job? The case for Girardi — and I agree with it — is that he’s making due with the most expensive team in baseball history, and that it’s a load of crap.

      Every last awful contract you can thing of — Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard — is mitigated by the fact that these players are actually in the lineup. At the moment, Ryan Howard is a better value than Mark Teixeira. Michael Young is a better value than Alex Rodriguez. Josh Hamilton is a better value than Curtis Granderson. If you can’t play, you’re worthless — and the team STILL has to find someone to fill your spot (which the Youkilis signing proves is no guarantee, either).

      It’s amazing Cashman still has a job.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        Excellent post 18thstreet.

        No prepare yourself to feel the wrath of the numerous ‘Cashman apologists’ who troll this site.

        To them, NOTHING is Cashman’s doing…the blame fallsis solely upon the Steinbrenner brothers.

        That’s why he’s ‘Teflon Cashman’, nothing sticks…not even Kei Igawa.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        Everyone is allowed to have a bad signing, which is why I think it’s unfair to overly criticize a guy for Kei Igawa. I’m a Theo Epstein apologist, and I think most of the bad deals he made (other than Julio Lugo) are completely understandable, especially at the time they were made.

        If you have a flawed ROSTER, that’s the GM’s fault.

      • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        You make a good point, except for the fact that both Howard and Hamilton are also hurt and not playing…

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        Unfortunately for Yankee fans its way more than just Igawa.

        How about Drew Henson? Carl Pavano? AJ Bernett? Kevin Brown? Etc?

        All high price failures in NY.

        Sure Theo made plenty of mistakes as have many GM’s. None of them remained unaccountable and most lost their jobs.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      I’d go so far to say even if they finish just a bit over .500 he should get the award.

      Look at the garbage of a replacement team that Cashman has dumped on him. Youkilis? Wells?? Pronk???

      Giradia is doing a hell of a job given the crap he has to work with.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      I can’t wait til Alex returns to the Bronx to play with him.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Does this mean that the trade is more than 99% done? What if Bud turns it down?

    • cackalackyank - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      That was last night, now it is “Ivory Soap” done. That’s 99 and 44/100 % done.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        I appreciate that clarification.

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

        Wasn’t Marilyn Chambers an Ivory Soap girl?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      I told you yesterday what it means, it means the bluejays are finished this season and will not be making the postseason AGAIN!!

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        What it actually means is that the curse that has been hovering over the Cubs for a gazillion years is being transferred to the Yankees.

      • nbjays - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        And you actually think the Yankees will make the postseason?

        Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

        Not just a troll, but a delusional troll…

      • bigharold - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        “And you actually think the Yankees will make the postseason?’

        I think it’s about 50/50 the Yankees make the playoffs. They’re six games off the division lead in the loss column and two off the WC with two months of baseball to go. And, that’s without any power bats at all.

        And, if they get to the playoffs they have the pitching to win.

      • nbjays - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        They may have the pitching, although that is also suspect at this point, now that CC has shown his age. But I think you need to score more than 2 or 3 runs a game in order to have a chance.

        My gut feel is — barring another contract with Lucifer — they don’t finish ahead of the Rays, O’s or Bosox, who all have relatively healthy and young teams.

      • jwbiii - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        bigharold,

        BPro has them at 18.6%.
        Cool Standings at 15.9%.
        Both are WC heavy, so a little over half that at making a more than one game playoff run.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        They may have the pitching, although that is also suspect at this point,

        Ranks in the AL –

        ERA – tied for 2nd with Rangers – 3.69
        FIP – 4th – 3.81

        How is this suspect again?

      • bigharold - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        The fact that the Yankees have hung in there as well as they have is astounding.

        The Yankees just got Soriano, if Jeter and or A-Rod comes back, .. even if they are diminished by their own standards they will be head and shoulders better than the Yankees left side of the infield currently. Granderson should be back and providing even more power. All the additional bats will also help Cano, .. who has been pitched around all season.

        The Yankees get a couple of bats back and scoring more than 2-3 runs a game will no longer be an issue. Regardless of the percentage that are currently being offered for the Yankees chances of making the playoffs, once they get a few bats back, that will change. Either way, it’s anybody’s guess as to who the Yankees get back or how well they’ll perform but I’m neither assuming the best case or worse case scenarios and I still think the Yankees are 50/50. Just by adding Soriano they just got a bit better.

        It wasn’t over when the Yankees were 11-12 games over .500 and in first place and it ain’t over now. The thing is, they have persevered all season with terrible luck. And, unless that terrible luck continues, which is absolutely possible, things are about to start getting better. It’s just a matter of how much and how quickly. But, there are still two months of baseball left so the Yankees have time. The AL East is wide open.

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    still no comment on who the Yanks are giving up? Seem strange to anyone else?

    • Mr. Furious - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      According to Sherman, the Cubs were picking from a short list of prospects and they are leaning toward Corey Black, an A-ball RHP.

    • cackalackyank - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      “A pitching prospect” is all I have ever heard. In which case maybe we should be afraid that it’s Nuno or Nova. Phelps is probably safe since he is on the DL…

      • Mr. Furious - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        They’re apparently picking from pitchers in the low Minors (Tommy Kahnle is another name on the list, according to Heyman).

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        I’d drive Nuno to Chi myself. A soft tossing 26 year old lefty vs Black, a 21 year old righty.

    • chiadam - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      some bum.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Cashman has been so distracted by Arod, that he allowed Epstein to pull a fast one on him. Buried in the fine print, the Yankees also receive “The Curse Of The Billy Goat”. That secret clause is the real reason why Bud has yet to approve the trade.

  4. cackalackyank - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    If I recall correctly Sori was not really great in the infield, hence his conversion to outfield. I can’t help thinking that if Granderson comes back and is even marginally effictive, and A-rod is suspended for the rest of the season (minimum), the real need is going to be an upgrade in offence from the infield.
    Would Sori be any worse in the infield than Nunez?

    • jayscarpa - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      You would have to build a screen next to the first base dugout to protect the fans.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Would Sori be any worse in the infield than Nunez?

      Nunez’s issue is throwing, which he seems to have overcome. Soriano was almost allergic to fielding. I’ve never seen someone worse at second base than he was.

      • bigharold - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        And, that was when he was young and athletic. When was the last time he played an infield position? Cause he ain’t coming back to 2B.

  5. jayscarpa - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    No one could be that stupid.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      AA from the bluejays is that stupid, just look at the terrible trades he made this off season

      • cur68 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        AA traded AWAY Vernon Wells. Who traded FOR him? Hmmmm . . . can’t THINK of who’d do that . . .

    • 1historian - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      wanna bet?

  6. Kevin S. - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    If Buster’s right on the numbers, Soriano should have a zero tax hit next season. His AAV on this deal is $17 million – I’m sure the Yanks are having the Cubs pay their whole share next year.

  7. yankees218 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Ahhhh so excited!! I’ve missed him since the day he left!!

  8. number42is1 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    The Prophecy is coming true!!!! 2004 never happened… just you wait and see.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Sorry to intrude on your fantasy; as much as 1978 is (painfully) realitt for Sox fans, 2004 will live forever for Yankee fans.

      Reality sucks sometimes.

  9. twpguy1964 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    He sucks and so do the Scankees!

    • number42is1 - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      HAHAHAHAHA! that is great.. you see.. you took the words Skank and Yankees and combined them to make the word Scankees (sic). You sir.. a Genius of a wordsmith… if you do not get at least acknowledged for a nobel prize that it is worth shit.. Bravo sir.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        He lost the prize by misspelling Skankees.

  10. putuhsu - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    With all of the A-Rod things going on the Yankees should welcome a guy like Sori. He was a true pro for the Cubs. Never read about him in the papers. He just went out & did the best he could every day! He will be missed in Chicago. Good luck Sori!!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      He also would have been a world series hero in ’01 if Mo doesn’t blow that save. He golfed a Schilling splitter for HR to put the Yanks ahead, even after having a dreadful series.

  11. snowmelted - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    They should send Jaba to Chicago!

    • pisano - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Just send that bum ( Joba ) away.

  12. jaredo10 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    welcome home alfonzo

  13. stackers1 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    The way this season has gone for the Yankees, if Soriano is not on the DL within 2 week, I’ll sh!t in my hat.

  14. inthearex - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Grandersons pop and defense would be a nice jolt for the squad… If they somehow got in, they’d be the team no one would want to play with their pitching.

  15. Francisco (FC) - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    8:23 AM: Gentlemen, start your “and now comes the man New York never should have traded away for Alex Rodriguez” columns. You know you want to. Just don’t try to figure out how the 2009 World Series would’ve worked, OK?

    Phillies win in 7 games :-)

  16. pisano - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    They’re going to need a hell of a lot more than Soriano to stay out of 4th place. If they can make a few more moves before the deadline, that are meaningful I’ll be impressed, all this is is a start.

  17. thebadguyswon - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Has there ever been a team with a 200 million dollar payroll referred to as a “rag tag group”?

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