Alfonso Soriano to return in 2015?

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Earlier this month the New York Yankees released outfielder Alfonso Soriano and it now looks like he won’t be seen again in the majors this season. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone as Soriano’s batting .221 with only 6 homers over 67 games played. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that Soriano has decided to take the rest of the season off and will shoot for a return in 2015.

Seven-time All-Star Alfonso Soriano, released by the Yankees earlier this month, has told friends he expects to take the rest of this season off, then consider next season whether to return to play in the majors.

A few teams have talked to Soriano since the Yankees designated him for assignment July 4, but after being away for nearly four weeks he has told friends he believes he would need time to get into playing shape, making next year seem more realistic. Soriano, 38, has 412 career home runs. (Jon Heyman of CBS Sports)

Soriano has career low numbers this season but it’s also the first time in many years that he’s not a full-time starter. It truly looks like he has had issues adjusting to that as his numbers decreased every month with his playing time.

April – 25 games, all starts with a .247 average and four homers.
May – 26 games, 19 starts with a .220 average and two homers.
June – 13 games, 9 starts with a .194 average.
July – 3 games, 3 starts with a .091 average.

His numbers in April weren’t stellar but at that pace over the course of the season his numbers would be almost in line with his career numbers. With the abundance of outfielders in New York you could see why though he was losing playing time and it looks like he just never adjusted to being a part-time player.

Soriano should have no problem in finding a home in 2015 if he is indeed in shape and is willing to take a very cheap salary. He’ll also have to come in with a game plan on how to stay productive as a part-time player as that’s likely the only job he’ll be able to find as a 39 year old with those numbers.

Ever since Soriano entered the league I’ve been a fan of his unfortunately I think this is the end of his MLB career.

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