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Blast from the past? Yanks discussing Soriano deal

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Having spent the past several weeks burning up the phone lines searching for offensive help, the Yankees may have found a match, discussing the possibility of going back to the future with Alfonso Soriano.

The Yankees and Cubs are continuing to talk about a trade that would re-fit the 37-year-old Soriano for pinstripes, two sources confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday. A deal would bring Soriano full circle after he broke in with New York and went to the Rangers in a February 2004 trade for Alex Rodriguez.

The New York Post was the first to report the discussions regarding Soriano, who is batting .256 with 17 home runs, 51 RBIs and a .286 on-base percentage in 92 gamesthis season. Cubs general manger Jed Hoyer, speaking on MLB Network Radio, called the reports "very premature."

"We've had some discussions with different teams about Sori, and there's nothing close at all," Hoyer said. "It's not nearly as advanced as reports have made it seem."

Soriano is earning $17 million this year and is due $18 million in 2014, so the distribution of that money is a concern as the negotiations progress, particularly if the Yankees intend to come in below the $189 million luxury-tax threshold next season.

The Post reported that the Cubs will pick up a large portion of Soriano's remaining salary. Chicago picked up four prospects in Monday's trade of pitcher Matt Garza to the Rangers, and is believed to be seeking one or two Minor League prospects in exchange for Soriano.
Read more: Yankees, Cubs discussing trade of Alfonso Soriano to New York | MLB.com: News




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