Vin Mercogliano here in the Bronx for the night filling in for Chad. The standard procedure is for Joe Girardi to post his lineup prior to his pregame press conference, but today is not your average day in Yankeeland.
While even most casual baseball fans have heard of the Yankees’ pending trade with the Chicago Cubs for Alfonso Soriano at this point, the deal is still not official. It sounds like the Yankees are simply waiting for MLB to process the paperwork, so Girardi has held off on making out his lineup to give his newest addition every opportunity to play in tonight’s series opener with the Tampa Bay Rays. Girardi acknowledged that is why we haven’t seen a lineup yet, but he declined to speak about the trade until it is set in stone.
“I don’t know,” Girardi said when asked what Soriano brings to the team. “That transaction is not done. Obviously, it’s become very public and we’re waiting to find out what’s going to happen. That’s why I don’t have a lineup.”
My guess is that we’ll see Soriano play tonight, otherwise why would Girardi decide to wait? Could it really take another three hours to process the paperwork?