Alfonso Soriano DH NYY 1 year ago

Soriano announced his retirement Tuesday, Jon Heyman of reports.

The 38-year-old Soriano was unable to find a suitable offer after the Yankees cut ties in mid-July, and it seems he's come to terms with this being the end of his playing career. A seven-time All-Star, he hit .255 with 36 homers and 101 RBI in his last full season in the majors in 2013, but his BB/K fell to an atrocious 0.08 in 2014 and his mobility is rather limited at this stage. Soriano will finish his 16-year career with a .270/.319/.500 batting line, 412 homers and 1,159 RBI in 1,975 games.

Alfonso Soriano DH NYY 2 years ago

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Alfonso Soriano has told friends that he'll take the rest of the year off.

Soriano was released by the Yankees on July 14 after batting just .221/.244/.367 with six home runs in 67 games and hasn't drawn much interest on the open market. The veteran outfielder is considering trying to return to the majors in 2015 at the age of 39.

Alfonso Soriano DH NYY 2 years ago

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Blue Jays have "checked on" Alfonso Soriano.

The Jays are looking for a power bat with Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, and Brett Lawrie on the disabled list. Soriano, 38, was released by the Yankees earlier this week after batting just .221/.244/.367 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 67 games for New York.

Alfonso Soriano DH NYY 2 years ago

Yankees released OF/DH Alfonso Soriano.

Soriano was designated for assignment a week ago and, not surprisingly, cleared waivers. The 38-year-old has returned to his native Dominican Republic but presumably would be open to catching on with another club for the remainder of the season. He was batting just .221/.244/.367 with six homers over 67 games for the Yanks before losing his roster spot.

Alfonso Soriano DH NYY 2 years ago

Yankees designated OF/DH Alfonso Soriano for assignment.

Soriano slugged 17 homers over 58 games after being picked up by the Yankees last season, but he's hit just .221/.244/.367 with six bombs over 67 contests this year. Given his $18 million salary, he'll obviously clear waivers. However, he shouldn't have trouble finding someone willing to give him a shot at the league minimum.

Alfonso Soriano DH NYY 2 years ago

Yankees manager Joe Girardi plans to play Alfonso Soriano only versus left-handed pitching for the time being.

Soriano is hitting just .195/.221/.341 against righties this season but sports a robust .303/.329/.515 line versus southpaws. His cut in playing time means more starts for Ichiro Suzuki, who's hitting .309/.371/.351. "Most of his struggles have been off right-handers, not left-handers," Girardi said. "That's why I ran him out there again today. He has had good at-bats against left-handers. He'll continue to play against left-handers. We'll get him going."

Alfonso Soriano DH NYY 2 years ago

Alfonso Soriano went 2-for-3 with an RBI single Thursday against the Athletics.

Soriano was 0-for-15 with eight strikeouts over his last six games, so this was nice to see. Even after the multi-hit day, the 38-year-old is batting just .233/.259/.402 on the year. After posting a .791 OPS last year between the Cubs and Yankees, he's currently at just .661.

Alfonso Soriano DH NYY 2 years ago

Alfonso Soriano went 0-for-4 and struck out three times in the loss to the Mariners on Monday.

Soriano is starting to sit more against right-handers because of his struggles, and it could get a whole lot worse once Carlos Beltran comes off the disabled list. While the .230 average is only a mild disappointment, his six homers and 19 RBI are well south of what was expected and his 55/6 K/BB ratio in 183 at-bats is far more hideous than usual.

Alfonso Soriano DH NYY 2 years ago

Alfonso Soriano struck out as a pinch-hitter in his lone at bat during Friday's loss to the Twins.

Soriano has really been scuffling at the plate in the month of May, hitting a paltry .228 (18-for-79) with two homers, nine RBI and 29 strikeouts (36.7%). While he has traditionally been a better performer in the second half, he'll need to start showing signs of life or he'll continue to lose playing time.

Alfonso Soriano DH NYY 2 years ago

Alfonso Soriano went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored against the White Sox on Sunday.

Soriano now has three doubles in his last two days, and he scored a run in each of the past three games. It's a small positive in what's been a disappointing season for the 38-year-old, as he's hitting just .246/.271/.427 with six home runs after hitting 34 bombs last year.