Soriano trade to Yankees being finalized

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Alfonso Soriano traded to the Yankees

NEW YORK (PIX11) – It sounds like Alfonso Soriano will once again be a Yankee, according to multiple reports that Major League Baseball has approved the deal, and that the Cubs outfielder has waved his no-trade rights.

The Cubs will be on the hook for $17.7 million of the $24.5 million owed to Soriano through next season, sources told ESPN, and the Yankees will pay him the remainder.  In return, Class A pitching prospect Corey Black will be headed to Wrigley Field.

Soriano, 37, was a Yankee from 1999-2003, leaving the club in the now somewhat-infamous deal for Alex Rodriguez.

“I’m happy to go back to New York,” Soriano said.  “I know those guys.”  He added that he will miss his teammates and the fans in Chicago who rooted hard for their beloved Cubs.

This season the slugger has 17 home runs, 51 RBIs and a .254 average; his power will be a huge boost for the anemic Bronx Bombers.  Only Robinson Cano has more big flys (21), followed by Travis Hafner (12) and Lyle Oberbay (11).