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Soriano Deal Almost Set

  • Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, right, pulls into second base with an RBI-double as Colorado Rockies second baseman Johnny Herrera fields the throw in the ninth inning of the Marlins' 5-3 victory in a baseball game in Denver, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, right, pulls into second base with an RBI-double as Colorado Rockies second baseman Johnny Herrera fields the throw in the ninth inning of the Marlins' 5-3 victory in a baseball game in Denver, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, right, pulls into second base with an RBI-double as Colorado Rockies second baseman Johnny Herrera fields the throw in the ninth inning of the Marlins' 5-3 victory in a baseball game in Denver, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, right, pulls into second base with an RBI-double as Colorado Rockies second baseman Johnny Herrera fields the throw in the ninth inning of the Marlins' 5-3 victory in a baseball game in Denver, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, right, pulls into second base with an RBI-double as Colorado Rockies second baseman Johnny Herrera fields the throw in the ninth inning of the Marlins' 5-3 victory in a baseball game in Denver, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
  • Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, right, pulls into second base with an RBI-double as Colorado Rockies second baseman Johnny Herrera fields the throw in the ninth inning of the Marlins' 5-3 victory in a baseball game in Denver, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Phoenix (ap) — The Chicago Cubs pulled Alfonso Soriano from the lineup for Thursday night’s game against Arizona, and manager Dale Sveum said a trade to send the outfielder to the New York Yankees is about “99 percent done.”

Soriano is hitting .254 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs. He is a seven-time All-Star and made his major league debut with the Yankees in 1999.

The Yankees and Cubs would need to work out the financial aspects of Soriano’s rich contract. New York is fourth in the AL East, trailing leader Boston by 6½ games, and desperate for power.

“He’s been there before and he’s performed in that atmosphere,” Sveum said.