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July 27, 2013

Cubs send Soriano to Yankees for minor leaguer

Soriano returns to team he broke in with in 1999.

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Chicago was fourth in the NL Central at 45-55.

The 21-year-old Black was 3-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 19 starts for Class A Tampa. The right-hander is averaging 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings in his first full pro season.

“It’s not where I want it to be at all. We’ve been working on a lot of mechanical stuff and trying to calm things down, stuff like that. I’m just trying to strive to get better every day,” Black said as he left Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

Black said he will report to Class A Daytona.

“It’s an opportunity for me to play somewhere else. All I’ve ever wanted to do is play baseball no matter what team it’s for. It’s still the same game,” he said.

Chicago will pay $17,688,524 of the $24,491,803 remaining on Soriano’s $136 million, eight-year contract.

The Yankees will pay at a prorated rate of $5 million for this year’s $18 million salary, which comes to $6,803,279, and $5 million of Soriano’s $18 million salary in 2014, the final season of the deal.

“I think he’s a great addition. One of my favorite teammates of all-time,” said Teixeira, who played with Soriano in Texas in 2004-05. “He’s like Robinson Cano. He’s one of those guys that’s always happy, loves playing the game, is an incredible talent.”

“I love the move. We need a right-handed bat, obviously. We need that thump. We need to score a few more runs, and he’s one of those guys that can beat you with one swing,” he said.

Soriano needs 11 hits to reach 2,000 lifetime. His career leadoff home runs are second most in history to Rickey Henderson’s 81.

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