7/26 Soriano deal done

The Cubs acquired Minor League right-handed pitcher Corey Black from the Yankees for Alfonso Soriano on Friday. Black, 21, was selected by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2012 Draft out of Faulkner University. This year, his first full professional season, he is 3-8 with a 4.25 ERA (39 ER/82 2/3 IP) in 19 starts with Class A Tampa. The right-hander has allowed only two home runs in 82 2/3 innings, while striking out 88. He is limiting opposing hitters to a .243 batting average, including a .169 mark by lefties and a .285 mark by righties.

Soriano, 37, leaves the Cubs after nearly seven seasons. He ranks 11th on the club’s all-time home run list with 181 home runs. Overall, he batted .264 (898-for-3,403) with 218 doubles, 13 triples, 526 RBI and 469 runs scored in 889 games.

Soriano returns to the organization with which he began his 15-year career, having spent time previously with the New York Yankees (1999-2003), Texas Rangers (2004-05), Washington Nationals (2006) and Chicago Cubs (2007-13). He ranks seventh among active players with 389 home runs, the most by any active outfielder, and is 11 hits shy of 2,000 in his career.

* Roster move: Expect the Cubs to promote right-handed pitcher Eduardo Sanchez to the big league team. The Cubs claimed Sanchez, 24, off waivers on May 21 from the Cardinals. In two seasons with the big league team, he has pitched in 43 games, and compiled a 3.40 ERA. He appeared in 19 games at Triple-A Iowa and had a 3.70 ERA, giving up 17 hits and walking 17 over 24 1/3 innings.

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And God bless his future. Who do you see taking his place now joey? At least for the rest of this season?

I see Lake getting the bulk of LF and even some CF when going with an all righty lineup.
I am still hoping to see Matt Sczuzr up soon. Depends on how many other outfielders get traded… and yes, God bless Soriano’s future. I will be happy to see him win a World Series with the Yanks….unless of course the Cubs play them next year!!! Ha!! Have a good night White.

You won`t see the Skankees in WS this season, joey. I can almost guarantee it. The Bosox and Rays are surely more talented, and I believe the Orioles are too. The New York ace (Sabathia) is getting lit up tonight by Joe Maddon`s team. I heard a Yankee fan say last evening, “Sabathia is not the ace; he`s the joker.” Kuroda is the true ace of that staff.

I was just watching Sori at bat with his Yankee uniform on. Made me a bit sad. He has been a Cub to root for for such a long time.

1st time here, came to commiserate. End of an era in my book. Team leader in the yrs I was grooming my family’s next-gen fan. My only grandCub is 9, and he loves Sori. He will be missed. The business end is hard to explain to a kid… Thanks for the heart, Mr. Soriono! Best of luck to you. Your time with the Cubs helped with a lot of life’s lessons that tend to come up while watching this great game with a young fan!

Thank you for sharing your Soriano memories, lindasays. It is hard for a young Cub fan to understand the trades game and I am sure he will miss Sori. Please keep sharing your thoughts on this site. Welcome to you.

Thanks! And, welcome home in SF to Nate! Go, Cubs, Go!!

Oh geez. I never could spell worth a flip. Hope SoriAno didn’t see that. What a great day he had for the Yanks!! Whoo-hooo!lll

Cubs~Baseball’s; “Good-Luck Chuck”… Soriano on FIRE now that he’s wearing a different uniform!

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