The New York Yankees released seven-time MLB All-Star outfielder Alfonso Soriano on July 14.
The New York Yankees have released seven-time MLB All-Star outfielder Alfonso Soriano.
"On Monday, the New York Yankees released outfielder Alfonso Soriano, according to Major League Baseball's online transactions page.
"The Yankees had designated the seven-time All-Star for assignment on July 6, giving themselves 10 days to either release, waive or trade Soriano.
"The two-time Silver Slugger Award winner was batting .221 with six home runs and 23 (RBIs) in 238 plate appearances this season before being released almost 10 years to the day after winning the 2004 All-Star Game MVP award. He is the 50th on the all-time home run list with 412 career round-tippers.
"Soriano, 38, was part of an aging Yankees roster beleaguered by injuries. He was the fourth-oldest member of the oldest team in the league.
"Soriano first made the majors in 1998, signing with the Yankees as a free agent. He would go on to win two World Series with the team in 1999 and 2000. He returned to New York in 2013 after stints with (the) Texas (Rangers), Washington (Nationals) and Chicago Cubs. This was Soriano's 16th major-league season.
"Soriano was demoted from the starting designated hitter role earlier this season after posting feeble offensive numbers in April and May. Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced last month Soriano would split time with fellow veteran Ichiro Suzuki in right field. The arrangement lasted only 13 games."
Just two days after the Yankees designated Soriano for assignment, Soriano could be targeted as a designated hitter by a team such as the Rangers, notes MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan and Grace Raynor:
"The Rangers are a team without a designated hitter. Alfonso Soriano is a proven Major League hitter who has been designated for assignment.
"The Rangers aren't going to claim him off waivers but Soriano could be an option for a team that took a chance on Carlos Pena last month. The Yankees designated him for assignment on Sunday and have 10 days to trade him or put him through release waivers. If he is released, Soriano is free to sign with anybody at the pro-rated minimum.
"Soriano, 38, was let go because he wasn't hitting and had lost playing time with the Yankees. In 67 games, he was hitting .221 with six home runs, 23 RBIs and a .367 slugging percentage. Since May 26, he had eight hits in 55 at-bats and the only two extra base hits were a pair of doubles. But in 2013, he hit .255 with 36 home runs and 104 RBIs."
ESPN's Wallace Matthews then weighs in on whether the Soriano experiment was worth it for the Yankees or not:
"On balance, you would have to say it was. The Chicago Cubs paid the bulk of Soriano's $18 million salary for each of the past two seasons. The Yankees picked up just $1.5 million of it last year and $5 million this year. They have paid a lot more for a lot worse. Plus, he was a good clubhouse guy, always cooperative with the media and popular among his teammates.
"Soriano's second Yankees tenure was nowhere near as good as his first, when he was part of two World Series teams, hit 77 HRs in two seasons and displayed some playoff heorics that will never be forgotten by Yankees fans of that era. That tenure ended with him being traded for Alex Rodriguez. Who knows how Yankees history might have been altered if that deal had never been made."
Soriano has amassed 2,095 hits, 412 home runs and 1,159 RBIs in 1,975 career games, per ESPN stats.
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