It’s been over 9-years since the Yankees traded Alfonso Soriano to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Alex Rodriguez. But now he’s heading back to the Bronx.
The 37-year-old Soriano is now headed back to the Yankees in a deal that sends minor league prospect Corey Black to the Cubs.
The Yankees will pay Soriano $5 million for the rest of this season, and then $5 million of the $18 million owed to him next season.
While the addition of Soriano isn’t a game changer, it certainly adds to what has been a dreadful Yankees offense.
The Yankees have been desperate for a right handed bat considering how poorly the team has hit lefties this year and Soriano helps fill that void.
Since late June, the Yankees have hit 8 homers, and Soriano has hit 10 on his own in that same period. Soriano has also gone deep 10 times since a Yankee right handed hitter last hit a home run.
That’s more of a knock against the Yankees than a compliment to Soriano.
This trade could also signal the end of Travis Hafner’s time in New York. Hafner has contributed next to nothing since April and doesn’t add much value to the Yankees. He can’t play the field, hit lefties, and he doesn’t run well. It doesn’t get much worse than that.
This season Soriano is hitting .254 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs. He’s been much better of late and the Yankees certainly hope he carries his hot hitting to the Bronx.