New York Yankees designate Alfonso Soriano for assignment

By Taylor Ellis,

The New York Yankees designated veteran outfielder Alfonso Soriano, 38, for assignment on Sunday.

The Yankees acquired Soriano from the Chicago Cubs last summer and was one of the hottest hitters in baseball. Soriano hit 17 home runs with 50 RBI in 58 games, notes The New York Daily News.

This year, his numbers have been far from his performance last season. In 31 games in the outfield and 25 as the designated hitter, he has hit .221/.244/.367 with six home runs and 23 RBIs in 67 games.

Soriano is in the final year of an eight-year $136 million deal he received from the Cubs in 2006. With so much money due to Soriano, he will most likely clear waivers, according to Bleacher Report.

Some playoff contender might take a risk on the veteran Soriano. The Yankees will look to improve a pitching staff that ranks in the bottom third of the league in ERA and quality starts.

The Yankees have already made a move to acquire right-hander Brandom McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks.



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