According to ESPN, the Chicago White Sox are extremely close to trading for the Washington National’s Alfonso Soriano. Chicago would send Brandon McCarthy to Washington as part of the deal. What this means for the Yanks and Sox is that the AL wildcard just got a lot harder to win. Say what you will about Soriano’s lack of patience at the plate, the guy has power and speed. If the trade goes down, the Chisox line-up will have four monster power hitters. Will this move force the Yanks’ hand to pursue Abreu even stronger? What about the Red Sox? Will they go more aggressively for an impact pitcher such as Jason Schmidt?