Alfonso Soriano released by New York Yankees

The New York Yankees have released veteran left fielder and second baseman Alfonso Soriano.  Mr. Soriano had been designated for assignment on July 6th, 2014.

Alfonso Soriano is a seven time All-Star (2002-2008), four time Silver Slugger award winner (2002, 2004-2006), two time World Series Champion (1999, 2000), two time American League Player of the Month (April 2003, September 2003), one time National League Player of the Month (June 2007), MLB All-Star MVP (2004), American League stolen base leader (2002), and a member of the 40-40 club (joining in 2006 and only the fourth member to do so.)

Mr. Soriano started his professional career Hiroshima Toyo Carp in 1996.  In 1999, he joined the New York Yankees, playing with them for five years (1999-2003.)  He then played two seasons with the Texas Rangers (2004-2005), followed by a one year stint with the Washington Nationals (2006), and then seven years with the Chicago Cubs (2007-2013.)  He re-signed with the Yankees for the 2014 season.

Mr Soriano was batting .221 with six home runs, and 23 runs batted in.  He had 226 at-bats this season in 67 games.  He also had 71 strikeouts and six walks.

In his career, Alfonso Soriano is a .270 career hitter with 2,095 hits (412 of them being home runs), 1,159 RBI, 289 stolen bases, and 1,152 runs.

It will be interesting to see if he signs with another team.

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