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Yankees release Alfonso Soriano; retirement next?

Jul 15, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Predictably none of the other 29 teams wanted anything to do with Alfonso Soriano’s contract on the waiver wire, so the 38-year-old went unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Yankees last week and has now been released.

Soriano was fantastic for the Yankees as a midseason pickup last year, smacking 17 homers in 58 games, but this year he hit just .227 with six homers and a .611 OPS in 67 games as one of the worst regulars in baseball. He’s always had awful strike zone control, but a 71/6 K/BB ratio suggests he may simply be washed up at some point.

Still, now that he’s available for the minimum salary rather than $18 million quite a few teams should probably kick the tires on Soriano as a part-timer or bench bat. Assuming he still wants to play, of course. There’s been some speculation that he may simply retire after 16 seasons, 1,975 games, and 412 homers.

  1. blacksables - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Maybe Dayton will give up on the insane idea of Jonny Gomes if Soriano is available.

    They don’t need either, but the Royals don’t need the attitude that Gomes brings.

    • dickclydesdale - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:59 AM

      Red Sox will pick up Alfonso & he will go on a tear the 2nd half. In the final series against the Yankees he will eliminste them from the playoffs & lead the Sox to the world series & win MVP honors. Jeter will cry in his pillow & have Cashman fired.

  2. jaybialek2 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    He would be nice off the bench for the pirates. I’d take him over Travis snider, Chris Stewart, Michael martinez, jaff decker, and Matt Hague. he becomes your 4th outfielder. Get him at the minimum salary and he help you win 2 games it’s money well spent. In this div it’s going to come down to last day.

    • pete2112 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      He would be a better off the bench alternative to those players you mention but he just strikes out too much and I don’t know if you want that kind player for a pinch hitter, but you never know, maybe he’s got one last streak in him.

      • neoshweaty - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        It’s crazy how guys just slip off like that. Second half last year, he was a beast. In basically the same environment a few months later, he’s washed up. Maybe he does have one last streak in him? He may just be done though.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Even if he does not play, he will receive the remainder of that contract.

    • pete2112 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Right, which is on the Yankees dime.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        Wrong. The Cubs are paying the majority of Soriano’s salary. I think the Yanks are on the hook for about $5M.

      • zzalapski - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        The Yankees are responsible for $5 million of his 2014 salary of $18 million, with the Cubs picking up the rest..

      • pete2112 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        I totally forgot how much money was left on his contract when the Cubs traded him to the Yankees. Sorry and thanks for clarifying that for me.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        I believe Soriano is the Cubs highest paid player this year.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Your Jays thinking about picking him up?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        Doubt it.

  4. icanspeel - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    I’d guess the Phillies will grab him.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      The Phillies called to inquire about Soriano’s father, but Sori himself would not really fit in with their veteran club.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    It seems like he has one month each season in which he accumulates all of his stats. Last year he was brutal for the Cubs, then turned it on right when he got to the Yankees. I think anyone expecting anything different than what he has shown in 2014 was kidding themselves or just poorly informed. That said, he might still have that one month ahead of him for any team willing to buy a $250,000 lotto ticket.

    • pete2112 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Someone should give him a shot. There are certainly worse players out there on a 25 man roster as we speak.

  6. Old Gator - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Soriano has had a terrific career. It might be a wistful thing if he retired, but surely no tragedy.

  7. deathmonkey41 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Please ignore the fact that he’s another big bat that went to the Yankees and completely forgot how to hit. It’s not Kevin Long’s fault that all these hitters come to the Yanks and become a bunch of pull-happy strike out artists…it’s just not…he’s a genius…

    • pete2112 - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      I doubt you can blame Kevin Long for this one. You do realize Soriano wasn’t hitting in Chicago before they traded him to the Yankees. Also, no one was complaining about Kevin Long last season when they had all of these cast-offs hitting well enough to keep them in a race for a good part of the season.
      I think it comes down to they just don’t have enough quality starts to keep them in games when their offense is not producing.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Ummm, I was. He’s a terrible hitting coach. Luckily Jeter ignored the changes he tried to make to his hitting approach or he never would have reached 3,000!

    • Reflex - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Um, he hasn’t been an adequate hitter since 2008. Did Kevin Long travel to the Cubs and break his swing, or did he just get old like everyone does eventually?

  8. elvin2014 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Message to Seattle Mariners:

    I am the person who told you in off season, Seattle Mariners, SIGN Nelson Cruz. You did not follow my advice….

    NOW I advice you, Seattle Mariners, the following:

    SIGN Alfonso Soriano….

    • Reflex - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      Both are bad advice. Cruz wanted too much, and would not have been the hitter he is now playing in Safeco. Soriano is done and has been done since 2008. The M’s need another big bat, no doubt, but neither of those would have been good options.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Where will they play him?

      • elvin2014 - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM

        RF, CF, LF or DH….

  9. txraiderfan - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Every once in a while, those balls in the dirt bounce up off home plate, and he hits one out. Somebody should take a chance. He’s a solid .200 hitter who can give you 15 homers.

  10. txraiderfan - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    I HATED the contract the Cubs gave him. It wasn’t fair to Cub fans, and it wasn’t fair to him.

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