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Emotional farewell for jettisoned Soriano

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07:12 AM ET 07.26 | Unfortunately, Alfonso Soriano won't be ending his Cubs career with a win. With everything done but the paperwork on his trade to the Yankees, [Soriano] said goodbye to his teammates after Thursday's 3-1 loss to Arizona and grabbed a red-eye to New York. On Friday morning, Soriano will officially be a Yankee again. ... Manager Dale Sveum said Soriano's trade impacted a lot of people on that field," though he didn't blame the loss on those emotions. "It's emotional for all of us," he said. "You don't usually gather teams together that often when people get traded to say your goodbyes. That just shows what kind of person he is." Soriano said it was "sad" saying good-bye to his teammates, and believes the Cubs are going in the right direction.

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July 26, 2013  07:22 AM ET

I wonder which team is paying the bulk of his salary.

July 26, 2013  07:42 AM ET

Is Soriano really supposed to give the Yanks a shot at the top two wild cards slots? Past either Boston, Tampa, Baltimore, Texas or Oakland? I suppose it doesn't hurt to try. The Cubs certainly thank them for experimenting

July 26, 2013  08:22 AM ET

.287 OBP

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July 26, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Up until this story broke, I can't remember the last time I seen Soriano play but having seen recent footage of him, his bat speed looks much slower to me now.

July 26, 2013  09:05 AM ET

Soriano is 36 or 37 He will fit right in with all of the other mid to late 30s on the Yankees. If they ever start a senior league the Yankees would be favorite to win.

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July 26, 2013  09:42 AM ET

Considering no Yankee right handed batter has hit a homerun since June 25th, there are a couple of pitchers in the NL that should be considered for the DH spot also.

Full circle, he could end up on the same team with the same guy he was traded for all those years ago. You know, whats his name, I forget.

July 26, 2013  09:49 AM ET

It seems like the Cubs have been trying to unload Soriano since about the second year of that horrible contract. They finally got it done. Congrats to them.

July 26, 2013  09:58 AM ET

What player wouldn't be upset about being traded to the going-nowhere Yankees!

July 26, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

What player wouldn't be upset about being traded to the going-nowhere Yankees!

He is getting out of Chicago... which I think everyone in Chicago is thrilled about... and he is going to a team that is at least above .500 and has a prayer of a winning season each year.. sounds like a win for Soriano and Chicago... not sure what the Yankees are thinking... they seem to be praying that the league suspends AFraud before they have to do something crazy like activate him and start him at 3rd base...

July 26, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

What player wouldn't be upset about being traded to the going-nowhere Yankees!

We may be going someplace good long before the Cubs do at least. What do the Cubs ever do besides languish? They promise their fans nothing and then give it to them.

July 26, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Is Soriano really supposed to give the Yanks a shot at the top two wild cards slots? Past either Boston, Tampa, Baltimore, Texas or Oakland? I suppose it doesn't hurt to try. The Cubs certainly thank them for experimenting

Cubs are paying a lot of that money for them to try.

July 26, 2013  10:40 AM ET

I hope the Yankees lock this guy up with a 7 yr 140M deal, this guy is the real deal!

<sets trap>

July 26, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I hope the Yankees lock this guy up with a 7 yr 140M deal, this guy is the real deal!<sets trap>

Ha!

July 26, 2013  10:49 AM ET

He's got to be thrilled to jump off the sinking ship that is the Chi Cubs!

July 26, 2013  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

He's got to be thrilled to jump off the sinking ship that is the Chi Cubs!

Sinking ship? That ship has been on the ocean bottom since 1945.

July 26, 2013  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I hope the Yankees lock this guy up with a 7 yr 140M deal, this guy is the real deal!<sets trap>

The only team signing anybody for 7 years at 140 million are the Phillies resigning Chase Utley.. You can't possibly make fun of the Yankees when your Phillies are 10 time worse. It's like the mentally challenged making fun of the Down Syndrome kid.

 
July 26, 2013  11:06 AM ET

(Fell for Utley's trap!)

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