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Retirement now a consideration for Alfonso Soriano

Jul 6, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

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The Yankees designated outfielder Alfonso Soriano for assignment earlier today, ending the 38-year-old’s second stint with the club. While Soriano could play out the rest of the season serving as a bench bat somewhere, he is also considering retirement, as Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes reports. Soriano says that he will take a week to mull over his options with his family.

Despite hitting well in his return to the Yankees last year, Soriano was only able to muster a .221/.244/.367 slash line with six home runs and 23 RBI this season. Soriano is earning $18 million this season, the final year of an eight-year, $136 million contract he signed with the Cubs back in 2006.

  1. renaado - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    If I were him I’d play his final season in Japan, with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp where he first started his career as a ballplayer… In that way the eligibility of bein a meikyukai member will surely be in his reach, just one season is all he need. Just for him to show he certainly belongs in that category.

    • strangebrew22 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      That would be cool but I think he still has something to give this year. A young contending team could use his veteran presence.

      • cubfan531 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:11 AM

        By all accounts he was a great mentor and leader on the Cubs during the current rebuild.

  2. scotttheskeptic - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    If he officially retires, does he surrender the remainder of that 18 mil for this season? Just wondering.

    • larrymahnken - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      No, because he no longer is obligated to play for any team.

      • ptfu - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        My understanding is that if he files for retirement then paychecks immediately stop.

        Presumably he could simply sit at home, not sign with any team, but still get paid as he’s technically not retired. Then after the season’s done (and his contract runs out) he can officially file if he wants to.

  3. ningenito78 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Color me shocked. Retire Sori. It’s time.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      Batting .221 at age 38 for $18 million in the last year of a $136 million dollar deal. Bloated contract diarrhea at its finest. Take note Yanks (CC, Tex, A-Rod), Angels (Albert), Rangers (Prince) – this is how it ends. This is how it always ends.

      And really – is there a single person who gets away with doing a worse job in all of baseball than Brian Cashman??? Really? $197 million for this slop? Who do you really work for Cashman – Scott Boras or the Yanks? Anyone else in any industry on Earth (except government) would have been fired long ago.

      • elpendejo59 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        So you believe the Yanks are paying him that? It is not much less, but it is 13 million. It was a calculated risk and they took it knowing full well what they were getting into. It happens. I am no Yankees fan, but there is no reason for anyone to be outraged. The gamble went the wrong way, but he did plenty last year. All involved knew this year was a crapshoot.

      • Reflex - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:06 AM

        You could say far worse about many other front offices. Marlins, Mets, and generally speaking the Pirates.

      • saxophone266 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        very well said..

  4. steelerfan9598 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Jeter has 2HR and 21 RBI’s and he’s starting Shortstop for the AL in the All Star game.

    • rbj1 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      And he has 3400 hits. Most since Pete Rose. That’s why he’s the starting shortstop in his final AS game.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        So you’re saying Derek Jeter bet on baseball? That is a reckless accusation!

    • genericcommenter - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:48 AM

      2001 Starting SS: .240/.270/.324 w/ 11 XBHs and 28 RBI

  5. mybrunoblog - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    He could sign a minor league deal with a team and wait for September 1st to help some team the last month of the season.

  6. 1998yanks - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Always loved Sori but I couldn’t believe the stuff he was swinging at. Looking at balls down the pipe, swinging at balls even Vlad couldn’t hit. Those plays in the outfield yesterday weren’t pretty either. He was great in his prime, but everyone needs to hang it up sooner or later.

  7. joenash72 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Hope the Mariners take a flyer on him as the right handed bat we need to add. Once he clears waivers and we can sign him for the minimum. If Alfonso would even be interested in doing that…..

  8. mrslusar - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:17 AM

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

    I remember reading this old HBT article and laughing at the first comment I read.

    “Soriano proved he has some good baseball left in him. Probably about 2 more years so he’s going out at the right time. He will be a HUGE part if the Yankees want to win a championship in these next 2 years before he leaves.”

    So much for that. Early retirement when you’ve already been ridiculously overpaid your whole career (to play a game, I might add) is a deal I’d take any day.

  9. pete2112 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Despite his lack of production this season, I think what they got out of Sori last season was money well spent and proved to be a great spark for the team. He was a great power guy for so many years and you lived or died with him making contact and the Yankees knew that going into that trade last season. I think if Sori decides to call it a career he can keep his head up and be proud of his numbers.

  10. hoopmatch - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    If Jason Giambi still has a major league job, there’s no reason Soriano can’t.

  11. phillies816 - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    I’m sure the Phillies will get him. Just watch

    • pete2112 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      That would be a typical type of move for the Phillies. As if they don’t have enough age on that team already.

      As for other teams, I’m not sure he’s the right guy for a team trying to get a push into the playoffs. Back in his prime, of course, but now I think his free swing mentality is a big liability with runners on base. And if the Yankees are letting him go with all of their offensive issues, that says a lot. Having said that, look what he did for the Yankees last season. I suppose that a team could catch lightning in a bottle and ride his bat out until it starts to falter.

  12. deathmonkey41 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    After spending the end of last season, spring training and the beginning of this year with Kevin Long, he forgot how to hit. Not shocked.

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