Yankees trade rumors: Cubs' Alfonso Soriano a possible target

Christian Petersen

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is on the Yankees' radar as a potential trade target at the deadline this month. With $25 million still being owed on Soriano's contract, he'd undoubtedly clear waivers in August, giving the Cubs an extended amount of time to pull off a deal.

This is not the first time the Yankees have been connected to Soriano. It seems like the two sides are linked all the time. In 91 games for Chicago this season, Soriano has hit .259/.289/.476 with 17 home runs and a 103 wRC+. The Yankees are starved for offense and Soriano's production would be a boost to their lineup that has struggled to hit all season. Soriano doesn't come cheap at all, but if the Yankees believe that they are a bat or two away from playoff contention, it may be worth the cost of acquisition.

Nate Schierholtz is also on the trading block from the Cubs, but Wittenmyer says that the Yankees view him as more of a platoon bat than an everyday player. In 79 games this season, Schierholtz has a 118 wRC+ with 11 home runs. He's been used predominantly against right-handers this season, with a .275/.328/.524 line against them in 233 at-bats. Off lefties, Schierholtz has a 47 wRC+ and a .192/.313/.192 line in 26 at-bats.

With Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Francisco Cervelli, Kevin Youkilis, Curtis Granderson, and Mark Teixeira all experiencing some kind of setback or new injury, the Yankees likely need to make a move for offense sooner than later rather than depending on returning players. The longer they wait, the further back they could fall in the standings by putting out an inept lineup on a daily basis. Do you think it would be worth it for them to try Soriano or Schierholtz? What would you be willing to part with in return for acquiring them?

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