I was told this morning by a reliable source that the Cubs are waiting for the word to take down Alfonso Soriano’s photo (which is apparently bolted to the wall) in the press room at Wrigley. Given all the chatter about a possible deal that would send Soriano to the Yankees, it seems like a deal is in the works and could happen as soon as today.
Of course, Soriano has both full no-trade clause and 10-5 rights, so he would have to approve his departure from the Cubs. Given that the left-fielder reportedly nixed a deal that would have sent him to the eventual World Series Champion San Francisco Giants in 2012, an aging Soriano may be more willing to leave the Cubs for a contender in 2013. In fact, Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Sun-Times tweeted that the Cubs have already been in touch with Soriano’s agent to inform him of the Yankees’ interest in the outfielder. According to the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan, Soriano says he’s willing to think about waiving his NTC for the Yankees.
As Jay Jaffe writes over at The Strike Zone, the Yankees could be looking for some additional power with a possible suspension of Alex Rodriguez looming on the horizon:
In the wake of Tuesday’s announcement of Ryan Braun’s suspension, New York’s effort to acquire Soriano suggests that it is bracing for an even longer one for Rodriguez, who was on schedule to return from his rehab assignment on Monday until being diagnosed with a Grade I quad strain over the weekend. Confronted with a mountain of documentation regarding his connections to the Biogenesis clinic and performance-enhancing drug use in lieu of a positive test, Braun agreed to a suspension for the remainder of the season, a total of 65 games. In doing so, the shamed Milwaukee slugger bolstered the legitimacy of the evidence provided by clinic operator Tony Bosch, not to mention the tactics by which it was obtained, tactics that many (this writer included) expected the players’ union to challenge. SI’s Tom Verduccireported, “A source familiar with those presentations indicated the level of information and sourcing regarding Rodriguez exceeded the trove on Braun, including texts, bank receipts and other detailed corroborating evidence.”
I’ll keep you all updated if any more details come my way.
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