Cubs rumors: Yankees won’t give up prospect for Alfonso Soriano

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano could be a good fit for the New York Yankees. However, New York is not willing to give up a “top or even good prospect” for Soriano, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Heyman did add that he believes the Yankees would be willing to eat $10 million of the $36 million remaining on Soriano’s contract.

The Yankees will need a right-handed bat on their roster to pair with designated hitter Travis Hafner and their trio of left-handed-hitting outfielders, including Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki.

New York currently has a few options that could potentially fill this role already in camp, including Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera. Still, the Yankees continue to hint that they’d like to acquire a more established product.

Soriano, while expensive and aging, would seem to fit. He hit 33 doubles and 32 home runs last season and by some accounts his defense in the outfield has improved. He won’t be playing center field, but it seems reasonable to think he could fill in for the corners and also DH. And if the Yankees can get him for $10 million – $5 million per year – and no significant prospects, what’s not to like about that?

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