(NEW YORK) — After about 10 seasons, outfielder Alfonso Soriano is returning to the Bronx as the Yankees have acquired Soriano in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.
Soriano spent the first five seasons of the career with the Yankees, but was ultimately dealt to the Texas Rangers after the 2003 season as part of the Alex Rodriguez trade that brought A-Rod to the Yankees.
Now 37, Soriano had been with the Cubs since 2007. Soriano waived his no-trade clause and is headed for New York. The cubs will reportedly cover $17.7 million of the remaining $24.5 million due to Soriano this season as well as in 2014.
“It was great when I used to be with the Yankees,” Soriano said. “My best friend with the team is [Derek] Jeter, and he’s still there. Mariano [Rivera] is still there too. And…[Robinson] Cano are good friends, too, because we’re from the same town. I could feel very good with the Yankees because I’ve been part of the family before with them.”
While Soriano’s skills have diminished over time, the Yankees can take all the help they can get on offense, especially right-handed hitting. In 93 games this season for the Cubs, Soriano is hitting .254 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs.
The Yankees currently ranked 22nd in Major Leauge Baseball in runs scored.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News