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article imageReunion time as Alfonso Soriano is back with the New York Yankees

By Marcus Hondro     Jul 26, 2013 in Sports
The 37-year-old Alfonso Soriano is heading back to where he began his MLB career after being dealt to the New York Yankees this week. Thank Yanks need a right-handed bat with power and Soriano was available for a relatively cheap price.
Though he started as a Yankee back a ways (he was there from 1999-2003) there are still three guys with the team now that were there then, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. That makes the trade more exciting for him, he told ESPN.
The 37-year-old from the Dominican Republic did not play regularly for the Yankees until 2001, and did not see postseason action for their three consecutive World Series titles in 1998, 1999 and 2000, but has fond memories of being with the team. He is happy to be back in a playoff race and had no hesitation about waving his no-trade clause.
"It was great when I used to be with the Yankees," Soriano told ESPN on Wednesday. "My best friend with the team is Jeter, and he's still there. Mariano is still there too. And me and (Robinson) Cano are good friends, too, because we're from the same town. I could feel very good with the Yankees because I've been part of the family before with them."
Chicago Cubs: Still paying most of salary
The Chicago Cubs only get Class A pitcher Corey Black for Soriano, who patrolled the field for them for most of 7 seasons. After leaving New York he spent two seasons with the Texas Rangers and one with the Washington Nationals before going to the Cubs.
The Cubs, out of the playoff race, remain on the hook for most of what's left on Soriano's contract. Soriano, who came to the Yanks hitting .254 with 17 home runs and 51 RBI this year, is owed about $24.5 million from now until the completion of the 2014 season. The Cubs pay $17.7 million of that, the Yankees pick up other $6.8 million of the contract.
Yankee manager Joe Girardi is excited to have more choices when he makes his line-up and will use Soriano in left, and at DH. He feels having played in New York things will be that much easier for Soriano. "Sometimes it takes players some time to adjust coming in here," Girardi said. "But it shouldn't be any issue with him."
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