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Yankees reportedly talking to Cubs about acquiring Alfonso Soriano

07.23.13 at 1:45 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the injury-plagued Yankees have been talking to the Cubs about acquiring outfielder Alfonso Soriano, the veteran outfielder who started his career in New York.

Soriano has a no-trade clause in his contract, but he is expected to OK a deal to New York. He has $6 million remaining on his contract this year and is due $18 million next season. The Cubs reportedly would pay a majority of that salary.

Soriano is hitting .256/.286/.471 with 17 home runs, 51 RBIs and 10 steals in 92 games this season. In his 15-year career, the seven-time All-Star (2002 through ’08) has a .272/.321/.503 line with 389 home runs, 1,086 RBIs and 280 stolen bases in 1,849 games.

Soriano broke into the majors as an infielder with the Yankees in 1999. He was traded to the Rangers in February 2004 as part of the deal that sent Alex Rodriguez to the Bronx. Texas sent Soriano to the Nationals after the 2005 season, and he signed with the Cubs as a free agent following the 2006 campaign.

Now 37, he likely would play left field in New York, shifting Vernon Wells to a part-time role.

The Yankees rank 12th in the American league in runs scored (287), 13th in home runs (88), 14th in OPS (.680) and 14th in extra-base hits (241).

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