Even though the trade sending Alfonso Soriano back to the Yankees for a TBD, low-level pitching prospect isn't done yet, he reportedly took a red-eye flight to New York on Thursday night, so let's assume the final details will be worked out this morning. Soriano figures to play left field, and when Curtis Granderson comes off the DL - hopefully in a couple of weeks - they'll have Soriano, Granderson, Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki and Travis Hafner for the four outfield/DH slots. Hafner should be the odd man out on most days, and Vernon Wells projects to be a fine, full-time clubhouse dominoes partner. It's possible that Soriano could get days off against certain righties, but they're not getting him to be a part-timer.
AL-only owners should obviously grab Soriano if they can, and use a decent amount of their FAAB budgets (maybe 50 percent?) to do it if necessary at this point of the season. Despite flaws as a hitter - he never walks, and has a .287 on-base percentage - Soriano has 17 home runs and 10 stolen bases. Not great, but solid.
For the Cubs, the regular outfield looks like David DeJesus, Junior Lake and Nate Schierholtz, but Cole Gillespie could be part of the mix as well, especially if DeJesus gets traded. Lake had pretty much assumed DeJesus's spot before DeJesus came off the DL on Tuesday, so not much changes here.
First pitch: The Mets and Nationals start the first game of their doubleheader at 1:35 p.m. ET, while AL action begins with a trio of 7:05 games.
Interleague DH issues: The Phillies will need a DH in Detroit, but with Domonic Brown on the seven-day concussion DL, it won't be anyone good.
Streaming starters: Thanks for nothing, Dan Straily - we're down to 63-37 on the season. The weekend picks are Corey Kluber (owned in 12.3 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) versus the Rangers on Friday, resurgent Yankee Ivan Nova (12.8 percent owned) against the Rays on Saturday, and Detroit's Rick Porcello (6.5 percent owned) versus the depleted Phillies on Sunday.
On to the rest of the news:
- The Tigers hope to have 3B Miguel Cabrera back in the lineup tonight, but that's the same update we had yesterday. Watch for his name on the lineup card before you start him.
- In today's episode of Days in the Life of Alex Rodriguez, A-Rod wants to come back tonight, but the Yankees want him to rehab again and maybe play in a simulated game by late next week. Those of you surprised by the public animosity in this battle didn't read the back page of the New York Daily News every day in the late 1970s and early 1980s, like I did. This is old-school, George Steinbrenneresque mudslinging.
- A's catcher John Jaso is on the seven-day concussion DL.
- Mariners OF Mike Morse could come off the DL as soon as this weekend.
- Have you been waiting for Padres SP Cory Luebke to come back from last season's Tommy John surgery? You can stop now. Luebke probably won't pitch in a big-league game this season.
- In Pittsburgh, Jordy Mercer might start stealing some of Neil Walker's playing time against lefthanded pitchers.
- Mets OF Eric Young left Thursday's game due to a strained right knee, which he may have hurt while stepping on Tim Hudson's ankle. It's probably not serious.
- The Dodgers have designated SP Ted Lilly for assignment. Ouch.
- Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero (back) is day-to-day.
See you back here Monday morning, or earlier if there's a trade that warrants analysis. Have a great weekend!