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Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano trade with Yankees has ways to go

Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano left gets hug from Anthony Rizzo prior baseball game against ArizonDiamondbacks Monday July 22 2013 Phoenix.

Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano, left, gets a hug from Anthony Rizzo prior to a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, July 22, 2013, in Phoenix. The Cubs defeated the Diamondbacks 4-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Updated: July 23, 2013 10:13PM



PHOENIX — The New York Yankees’ interest in Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano – reported over the weekend by the Sun-Times – has intensified to the point the sides are discussing a possible deal that could get done this week.

If they can get over the significant issue of how much money the Cubs will eat of the $25 million left on Soriano’s contract. And if Soriano is willing to waive his no-trade rights.

The New York Post reported that a deal is close, but sources on both sides say nothing’s close.

As of Monday, Soriano still had not been asked about a possible trade anywhere.

And while it seems likely he would accept a trade back to his original team in a city he and his family like, that’s not certain.

When told of the Yankees’ interest on Sunday, Soriano told the Sun-Times he wants a chance to win a championship if he approves a trade and said he’s open to considering any team that’s “less than five games” out.

The Yankees are in fourth place in the AL East, seven games behind first-place Boston, and they’re 4 ½ games behind the second wild-card spot.

“We’ll see what happens,” Soriano said.



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