MLB notes: Cubs deal Alfonso Soriano to Yankees?

Alfonso Soriano has apparently waived his no-trade clause to accept a deal from the Chicago Cubs to...

Alfonso Soriano has apparently waived his no-trade clause to accept a deal from the Chicago Cubs to the New York Yankees. (JIM YOUNG/Reuters)

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Alfonso Soriano has apparently waived his no-trade clause in favour of a one-way ticket to the Big Apple.

The aging Chicago Cubs star's rumoured move back to the New York Yankees is nearly complete, according to MLB.com.

"It's something he felt comfortable with," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Soriano and his no-trade.

Soriano, 37, a career .272 hitter, was pulled from Chicago's lineup card ahead of its Thursday meeting with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Wednesday, the New York Post reported the Cubs and Yankees were very close to making a deal that would see a mid-level prospect head to the Cubs.

Soriano played for the Yankees from 1999 to 2003, winning two World Series titles. The seven-time all-star has played both left field and second base over his 15-year career.

FORMER MLB PLAYER ADMITS STEROID USE

Robert Fick, MLB utility man from 1998 to 2007, appeared on Good Day L.A.

Normally, that wouldn’t be noteworthy.

But Thursday he addressed a timely topic: steroids in baseball – even admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs as a young player.

“I’ve tried it, yeah,” Fick said of steroids. “Two times.”

The 2002 all-star said he only used when nursing an injury, stating: “I never did it when I was in the off-season, lifting weights, trying to get stronger to hit home runs.”

In 2000, Fick suffered a third-degree shoulder separation, “got on some juice,” and then, a month later, was back in the lineup.

Nowadays, Fick, a .258 career hitter, estimates “probably 90%” of MLB players don’t use steroids and believes that’s one reason the league should drop the hammer on the select few who are ruining it for the others.

“I think that they just need to go ahead and up the ante,” Fick said. “If you fail the test, you’re gone … that would be one way to clean up the game.”

UTLEY, PHILLIES LIKELY TO AGREE ON NEW CONTRACT: REPORT

If you thought Chase Utley might be dangled by the Philadelphia Phillies prior to the July 31 trade deadline, think again.

The team and player are deep in talks about a contract extension, according to CSNPhilly.com. Trade offers are not being entertained.

Utley, a five-time all-star second baseman, is a career .287 hitter. This season, he has 13 home runs and 36 RBIs.

BRIEFLY

Washington Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler will miss another month of baseball after a doctor found a pinched nerve in his back, according to CSNWashington.com. Detwiler has been sidelined since July 4 with what was originally diadnosed as a lower back strain … Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb injury. Ozuna requires surgery and the Marlins believe it is “highly doubtful” he will see anymore action in 2013 … George Brett quit his job as Kansas City Royals hitting coach Thursday to return to his previous position with the team as vice-president of baseball operations … New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia, despite needing surgery, will finish the season with bone spurs in his pitching elbow, according to ESPNNewYork.com … The Philadelphia Phillies released pitcher Carlos Zambrano Thursday.


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