Alfonso Soriano is officially going to the Yankees, where he began his career. Just a reminder that for a while Soriano was really good. Above are his season averages from 2001-2003 (his 3 full seasons with the Yankees) and 2001-2008 (when he played with the Yankees, Rangers, and Cubs…his production fell off the table in 2009).
During his first 9 seasons Soriano finished 3rd in the Rookie of the Year voting, was on 7 All-Star teams, won 4 Silver Sluggers, and was in the top 20 in MVP voting in 2002 (3rd), 2003, 2006 (6th), and 2007.
Oh and he was originally a second baseman.
The Cubs will pay $17.7 million of the remaining $25 million on Soriano’s contract. In return they have the Yankees picking up $7.3 million and get prospect Corey Black (3-8, 4.75 ERA with the Tampa Yankees this season).
Random note: My son has a Cubs bear he received at Wrigley during Build-a-Bear Day (in 2008/2009) that he calls “Alfonso Soriano Bear.” He now believes he needs to change the name.