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Alfonso Soriano designated for assignment by Yankees

Jul 6, 2014, 12:38 PM EST

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Alfonso Soriano‘s second stint with the New York Yankees will end not with a bang but a whimper.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the veteran outfielder was designated for assignment on Sunday morning, clearing a roster spot for 28-year-old right-hander Bruce Billings.

Soriano was batting just .221/.244/.367 with six home runs and 71 strikeouts over 67 games this season for the Yankees. He’s on the final chapter of the massive eight-year, $136 million free agent contract that he signed with the Cubs in November 2006. The 38-year-old will likely pass through waivers unclaimed and then hit the free agent market. He could draw interest at that point as a bench bat.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    I wish I could just flush money down the toilet on a regular basis.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      The Cubs were paying Soriano’s salary. And I bet you waste a large portion of your income – you’re American, aren’t you?

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        Are you suggesting these decorative Princess Diana plates are a “waste of income”?

        You know, they aren’t making any more of them. And they have a Certificate of Authenticity too.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        I’m not suggesting anything, I’m too busy mining bitcoins.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      If you had enough money to do that, you would know just because you could, doesn’t mean you should.

  2. giantboy99 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Yanks will regret losing Soriano

    • Caught Looking - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      The only people who think that are you and Alfonso Soriano

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        “Get lost Soriano, ya bum!”

        -Alfonso’s mom

    • pisano - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      @ giantdot99 …..With that statement, you should be drug tested.

      • gloccamorra - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Wait! He might be right. Soriano is in the last year of his contract. He might have been saving himself for the late season salary push.

      • karlkolchak - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        Last time Soriano was playing for his next contract he went 40-40-40 (doubles)-20 (outfield assists) with the Nats in 2006. Looks like now he’s just about done.

  3. phillysports1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Ruin Tomorrow Jr Will Sign Him.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      That would not necessarily be a bad thing. Pay him the major league minimum for the rest of the year, lose zero offense and trade Dom Brown or John Mayberry. Not saying those guys will command much, but they will command something – and Soriano is playing juss as well as those clowns are.

      That’s how you re-build – play lousy guys so you can facilitate a trade. That’s why they picked up Grady Sizemore

      • toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        Dom Brown’s value is at an all time low and you won’t get much for Mayberry. Anyhow anything would be an improvement over the lack of production from LF.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        Won’t get much, I agree. But something is better than nothing

      • gloccamorra - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Golly, you make it sound like even the Padres would be candidates to pick him up. Does Omar Minaya have enough “acting GM” power to pull that off? If he does, would he wait for the waiver period, or trade Headley for him?

  4. randygnyc - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    I was at the twins/yanks game yesterday and after his miserable performance, I called this. He dropped two fly balls by the same batter in the same at bat late in the game. If its a choice between Gardner and soriano getting playing time its a no brainer

    • genericcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      Sure, but that’s not a choice. Gardner is the best player on the team. Soriano wasn’t going to really take playing time from him if he stuck around. Of course, he’s not the Cal Ripken Jr of outfielders, though.

      • gloccamorra - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        I guess the Yankees never considered putting Soriano back at 2B, or even playing him at 3B. They’re getting such great production from the guys they have there.

      • dcarroll73 - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        hey gloc, did you ever watch him try to play infield in the first go-round with the Yanks? I don’t think it is unfair to say he was channeling his inner Horace Clarke (except that standard could not be reached.) Brian Roberts is outhitting Soriano, and I don’t think anyone thinks Soriano could play better infield.

      • genericcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        To add to my comment, which had no basis in reality for any down-voting, Gardner has played 84 games- the most on the team, he was never in danger of losing playing time to Soriano. Even though the Yankees do odd stuff like giving regular playing time to 5th OFers and AAAA players, they aren’t that stupid.

        It’s good to clear out a spot, because Soriano wasn’t offering anything they need at this point.

        As far as other positions, just because Vernon Wells played 2B and 3B in a pinch doesn’t mean anyone would ever consider playing Soriano in the field. He’s been a defensive liability most of his career. He’s basically been a DH who could fake it a little in the field. But as a DH now he doesn’t hit.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        gloc- I guess you never considered the fact that Soriano has refused to return to the infield several time throughout his career. And actually, the Yankees are getting more production from all of the players playing second and third than they have gotten from Soriano this year.

  5. yungslimdaballa - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    ah think soriano done for his carea. he been playin fa ah long time an its time a hang his jerseyup in da locka room an go ta b wit his family

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      shut up

  6. luz56 - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Soriano… Thanks for the memories.. Great ball player in his prime.. Almost every fan enjoyed watching…

  7. sabatimus - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Cmon, doesn’t this mean we can DFA Stephen Drew? .151/.184/.274 and he costs about $8M less than Soriano. Of course, the Yankees aren’t the one’s paying Soriano..

  8. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Always surprised when people post about the Yankees wasting money without knowing whether they actually are or not. Not saying they don’t waste alot of money, they do. But they weren’t paying Soriano’s salary, the Cubs are, at least most of it.

    It’s like the guy who listed the Vernon Wells “signing” as a huge waste of money by the Yanks on here a little while back, despite the fact that the Angels were paying his salary.

  9. Reflex - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    I was massively thumbed down when I called this during the spring –

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/21/alfonso-soriano-may-retire-after-this-year/

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/08/yankees-considering-using-alfonso-soriano-as-back-up-first-baseman/

    Meanwhile, Cano has put up 2.9 WAR for the M’s while Ellsbury/McCann/Beltran have put up a combined 1.2 WAR. For more than twice Cano’s salary this season. And $45 million more over the life of their contracts.

  10. papadukes22 - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Give him a piss test ….you’ll see!

  11. constantrevolution1 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    As a Cubs fan, my most prominent memory of Soriano is when he threw to the wrong base and dropped a fly ball in consecutive innings. Bob Brenly, then the Cubs’s color analyst, said: “you could throw a dart into the Cubs dugout right now and hit someone who could play left field better than Soriano.”

    Since he signed that huge and ridiculous contract he has been a one-dimensional player (home runs) and he’s been terrible at other aspect of the game. And those home runs typically came in bunches and then he’d be utter useless for a month after until he got hot again. Good riddance.

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