Yankees Acquire Alfonso Soriano from Cubs

July 26, 2013 9:26 PM

Yankees Acquire Alfonso Soriano from Cubs

" The New York Yankees acquired Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs on Friday, bringing back the seven-time All-Star to provide a power boost to a team that desperately needs more pop.

Soriano immediately went into the starting lineup, batting cleanup and playing left field against Tampa Bay. The Cubs got minor league pitcher Corey Black, and are sending almost $17.7 million to the Yankees to cover the rest of Soriano's rich contract.

"We've obviously been trying to improve our offense this season, to no avail," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "By far, he was the best available bat to date."

Soriano outhomered the Yankees all by himself (10-8) in the four weeks prior to the deal. Overall, the 37-year-old Soriano was hitting .254 with 17 homers and 51 RBIs with the Cubs.

The Yankees led the majors with 245 home runs last year, but rank next-to-last in the AL this season with only 88.

Their slump from the right side — Soriano hits righty — is even more acute. It's been a month since a right-hander homered for the Yankees, with Jayson Nix the last to do it on June 25 "

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