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.