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Report: Blue Jays have “checked on” free agent Alfonso Soriano

Jul 17, 2014, 7:32 PM EST

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In search of offense amid the injuries to Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, and Brett Lawrie, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays have “checked on” free agent Alfonso Soriano. Meanwhile, the 38-year-old is said to be “weighing his options.” Retirement could be one of them.

Soriano was released by the Yankees earlier this month after he batted just .221/.244/.367 with six home runs and 23 RBI over 67 games this season. His .611 OPS is 13th-lowest among players with at least 230 plate appearances. Still, he’s just one year removed from hitting 34 home runs, so perhaps Toronto could catch some lightening in a bottle. They would only have to pay a prorated portion of the MLB minimum salary in order to bring him aboard.

While signing Soriano is one possibility, the Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos also figures to be active in trade discussions leading up to the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Slow news day? Rosenthal must be desperate for anything. Encarnacion, Lawrie and Lind will be back soon. Signing Soriano as a short term fix, would be a waste of time and money.

    • renaado - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Yeah, not only time and money would be wasted but I have doubts if he can still contribute with the Jays. Retirement I think may or may not still an option for him… I’m still lookin forward for him bein a meikyukai member in the record books in Japan, if he does call it a career then… Tips my hat to the guy, he’s still eligible.

      • Ayase Yano - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:17 AM

        Renaado

        So you knew about the Meikyukai too? I’ve just checked the background of the guy and he indeed started his career with the Hiroshima Carp (one of the requirements is for a foreigner to start his career here), but why let him play in Japan when he is already a member? If I’m correct he already has 2000 hits in total… Let the man retire already!

        The Meikyukai (日本プロ野球名球会) is really underrated here, I can tell you that. One major thing it does though is charity and all of the money of that heads directly to the Red Cross foundation. Annual golf tournaments are one of the events in where the majority of those money comes from, this tourneys are held in Osaka, Kanagawa and sometimes in Saitama.

        Alex Ramirez is the only foreigner so far in that member list, and if this Soriano guy retires then that would be cool.

        (あなたは素晴らしいです!!) Applause to you buddy!!

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Paying 1/3 of the MLB minimum for him, for the remaining 1/3 year, would most certainly NOT be a waste of money, unless his Toronto slashes dropped another 20-40 points. Ergo, it wouldn’t be a waste of time, either.

      I expected this earlier this week, as noted.

      So, no, not a slow news day, either.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:18 AM

        Cant see the Jays freeing up a roster spot for a washed up hitter who is basically a DH.

  2. jerze2387 - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Well, soriano DID come up as a Second baseman originally…..

  3. 1harrypairatesties - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Look around the league this year. A lot of players are batting in the low two hundreds. Does this mean they should all retire too? Jump on board Sori. I say sign him up.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      Yes, it does.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      You caught the part about him being 38, right?

  4. elrock7 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    As a Blue jay fan, who appreciates the talent of Brett Lawrie, I would think that patience is beginning to wear thin. If he cant prove he can stay healthy by next years trade deadline, I say its time to trade band aid brett

    • nbjays - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      You think proper training and conditioning will prevent a broken finger caused by a HBP? This injury has nothing to do with him being fragile.

  5. pisano - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    This guy not only hurts you with his strikeouts, but he’s really lost in in the field. If he’s just DHing he’s only half bad. Soriano should really consider going home ….for good.

    • tuberippin - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:55 AM

      “This guy not only hurts you with his strikeouts, but he’s really lost in in the field.”

      You can apply those negatives to Soriano’s entire career, though. At no point in his career was he a good fielder at any position. Serviceable in the outfield, sure, but that’s about it. He’s also always had a high strikeout rate as a result of the way he approaches at-bats.

  6. mikhelb - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Maybe a change of scenery will benefit Soriano, specially in that he will no longer will be coached by Kevin Long, who has an awful track record with players whose production plummets as soon as they spend more than half a season with the Yankees. He had success with Swisher when he asked him to pull everything, and with Granderson converting him onto a homerun-or-K machine, but overall Yankees batters have been really bad with men on base since he has been the batting coach, except for a couple of seasons when an anomalous amount of grand slams and 3R-HRs were hit by them, they either produce with a HR with men on base or not produce at all (the odds of hitting a HR with men on base are just a fraction of the odds of geting a non-HR-hit with men on base, thus the importance of a good batting average with men on base, as opposed to a high SLG, which it can lie if the majority of the scarce hits are HRs).

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