Alfonso Soriano RUMORS & NEWS

  • Alfonso Soriano retiring from baseball at age 38

    Hardball Talk "As first reported by Hector Gomez of the Dominican Republic’s Listin Diario, Alfonso Soriano is retiring from baseball after a 16-year major league career. Soriano would have struggled to find a deal on the open market this winter following a 2014 season that saw him hit .221/.244/.367 in 238..." November 05

  • Yankees Release Alfonso Soriano

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees have released Soriano, per the transactions page. New York will owe Soriano the remainder of the $5MM portion of his salary for which the team is obligated. He will be free to sign with any club (likely at a league-minimum rate), though Soriano has indicated that he would..." July 15

  • Alfonso Soriano and Ichiro Suzuki are a $25 million platoon

    Hardball Talk "Alfonso Soriano began the season as the Yankees’ everyday designated hitter and Ichiro Suzuki began the season on the Yankees’ bench, but now they’re being platooned in right field … at a combined salary of $25 million. Yankees manager Joe Girardi has decided to play Soriano almost exclusively..." June 06

  • Yankees' Alfonso Soriano explains how he'll break from terrible slump

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano says he's in perhaps the biggest slump of his career and that the key to breaking out of it will be fixing his timing. "I've had a tough time before," Soriano said after going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's 5-2, 10-inning loss to the Athletics at..." June 04

  • Yankees' Alfonso Soriano hitless in first 16 at-bats to begin season

    Newark Star-Ledger "Alfonso Soriano went 0-for-4 in the Yankees’ 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays Saturday to extend his hitless streak to 16 plate appearances to begin the season, the longest current stretch in the major leagues. Soriano, 38, is just one of two major-league starting position players not to reach base..." April 06

  • Soriano dealing with a ‘tight’ right shoulder

    New York Post "The ice pack strapped to Alfonso Soriano’s throwing shoulder was a sign that all is not OK with the Yankees’ outfielder/designated hitter. “I started it last week, about five days ago,’’ Soriano said of the postgame ice program. “It was a little tight because I hadn’t thrown in so long.’’ A..." March 26

  • Alfonso Soriano still 'dizzy,' 'weak,' but should play soon

    Newark Star-Ledger "The bug that kept Alfonso Soriano from early Yankees' spring workouts is still bugging him. Soriano said he still gets dizzy and weak, and that though he was supposed to play against Toronto Sunday, the team shut him down, telling him to rest. Soriano took batting practice all week, but..." March 02

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    Daniel Barbarisi @DanBarbarisi

    Alfonso Soriano still sick - will be re-evaluated monday. Hasnt done anything in spring training yet bc of what sounds like really nasty flu

  • Soriano baserunning ignored, just like Kelly’s Oregon past

    New York Post "But perhaps the most outrageous part is that there is no outrage; we’re now expected to accept as acceptable the way things are done. Thursday in Toronto second inning of the Yankees’ latest most important game of the season. Career home plate-poser Rafael Soriano led off with a shot into the..." September 22

  • Sprained right thumb sidelines Soriano "Alfonso Soriano was a late scratch from the Yankees' lineup with a sprained right thumb the team announced Saturday. Soriano was batting cleanup in manager Joe Girardi's original batting order against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester. The change was announced shortly before the scheduled first..." September 14

  • Alfonso Soriano leads comeback as Yankees down Orioles, 7-5

    Newark Star-Ledger "Alfonso Soriano skipped out of the batter’s box. His blast ripped through the soupy Mid-Atlantic night. It was a two-run homer his second of the night the sort of drive that causes grown men to rejoice and pulled the Yankees ahead in a 7-5 victory. Soriano keyed a four-run eighth inning that..." September 11

  • Alfonso Soriano comes through as Yankees down Blue Jays, 4-2

    Newark Star-Ledger "He went hitless for 17 at-bats long enough to obscure the memories of his torrid stretch earlier this month. But Alfonso Soriano jolted back to life in the eighth inning on Wednesday smashing a two-run home run to give the Yankees a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Soriano pummeled an 80-mph..." August 22

  • Soriano comes through again as Yankees down Boston, 10-3

    Newark Star-Ledger "This is not about just one man. It may look that may when the games begin and Alfonso Soriano treats opposing pitchers like uniformed piñatas. But Soriano is the most obvious symbol of the Yankees’ sudden offensive transformation a group that pushed around the Red Sox in a 10-3 series-opening..." August 17

  • Yankees’ Soriano continues home run tear in 11-3 drubbing of Angels

    New York Daily News "When Alfonso Soriano neared the dugout after his first home run of the night Wednesday he flexed his right biceps twice at his happy teammates wearing a wide grin. It was a giddy moment for Soriano and the Yankees and the fun wasn’t over as they extended their winning streak to four games. One..." August 15

  • Soriano goes 0-5 in return

    Chicago Tribune "Alfonso Soriano who opened his career with the Yankees in 1999 went 0-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI fielder's choice. The Yankees lost to the Rays 10-6." July 27

  • Yankees acquire Alfonso Soriano from Cubs

    New York Post "The Yankees and Cubs have officially agreed to deal that will send Alfonso Soriano back to The Bronx where he started his career. The Yankees will pay $8-12 million of the $24.5 million still owed the outfielder over the next season and a half. In exchange the Cubs will get a mid-level prospect..." July 26

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Soriano is owed about $24.5m through '14. CHC are going to pick up about $17.7m. NYY will pick up about $6.8m of that including $5m in '14.

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    Jack Magruder @JackMagruder

    #Dbacks #Cubs OF Soriano scratched as deal imminent Sveum said.

  • Soriano-to-Yanks deal close to '99 percent done' "Outfielder Alfonso Soriano revealed Wednesday that he would waive his no-trade clause in order to join the Yankees and it appears that deal is on the verge of taking place. Soriano was a late scratch from the Cubs' lineup on Thursday night and according to's Carrie Muskat that's because..." July 25

  • Soriano won't block deal but he needs time

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano said Wednesday he won’t use his no-trade rights to block a trade to the New York Yankees but he also requested time this week before officially giving team president Theo Epstein the decision. “There won’t be any official notification to the club until [Thursday]..." July 25

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    Soriano met with Theo Tuesday nite gave a list of teams he would waive no trade clause for. Yankees on that list. #Cubs

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    As of this evening, there's a large gap between how CHC and NYY value Alfonso Soriano, and who should be responsible for how much of his $.

  • In desperate need of power, Yankees close to deal for Soriano

    New York Post "In dire need of a bat with thump and an indication the Yankees may believe that Alex Rodriguez isn’t going to play this season, the toothless Bombers are close to acquiring Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs, The Post has learned. According to a person familiar with the talks, the Cubs will pay the..." July 23

  • Soriano hammers two of Cubs’ 5 HRs in 7-2 win over Angels

    Chicago Sun-Times "Alfonso Soriano upstaged Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton combined Tuesday night at Wrigley Field as the Cubs clobbered the Los Angeles Angels with a season-high five home runs in a 7-2 victory. Soriano, who delivered his second two-homer game in four days, is 18-for-45 (.400) with..." July 10

  • Alfonso Soriano could be willing to waive no-trade clause

    Sporting News "uly is here, which means it is time for the annual Alfonso Soriano trade rumors to get going. And the Chicago Cubs outfielder, frankly, sounds a little sick of it. "I don’t want to be on this team if they don’t want me here,” Soriano told “It’s kind of hard and selfish to think..." July 09

  • Cubs: Alfonso Soriano doesn’t plan to fade away

    CSN Chicago "Alfonso Soriano said all the right things, but there’s no doubt he wants to be in the lineup every day. He doesn’t picture himself as a part-time player. If the Cubs are trying to phase out Soriano, well, here was his answer on Saturday in front of 34,630 fans at Safeco Field: He stood at home..." June 30

  • Soriano happy to play the DH role

    ESPN Chicago "Alfonso Soriano is expected to continue batting at the DH slot for the last five games of the Cubs’ road swing and he doesn’t mind it one bit. Soriano, who came into Friday’s game hitting just .195 in June, finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the seventh inning of Friday’s 5-4 loss at..." June 29

  • Cubs' Soriano more likely to waive no-trade rights

    Chicago Sun-Times "The reality of the latest five-game losing streak staring him in the face and the news of Curtis Granderson's latest injury less than 24 hours old, Alfonso Soriano knew what question was coming before it was asked Saturday. "Yeah," Soriano said, he's more likely to consider waiving his no-trade..." May 25

  • Soriano doesn't want time off

    Chicago Tribune "Alfonso Soriano sat out two games on the Cubs' last homestand and wasn't all that happy about it. Manager Dale Sveum said he wanted Soriano to get more rest on day games after night games, pointing to his age and knees. Soriano, 37, understands Sveum is trying to keep him rested, but he..." May 14

  • Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano part of more trade speculation

    Chicago Sun-Times "Alfonso Soriano’s name came up last month when New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson got hurt. Carlos Marmol’s name came up last week in an unfounded media report. And pundits already are speculating that the Boston Red Sox could be in the market for a DH (read: Soriano) with David Ortiz’s..." March 10

  • Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano open to reunion with Yankees

    New York Daily News "Another former Yankee said he would consider a move back to New York if the Bombers came calling, as Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano said he would consider approving a trade to the Bronx. “I don’t know if they want to call or not, but if they call for me, I’d have to think about it,” said..." February 26

  • Soriano looking to stay with Cubs, not jump to Yankees

    CSN Chicago "The New York Yankees are part of Alfonso Soriano’s DNA. But just because he started his career in The Bronx doesn’t necessarily mean that he wants to end it there. The Cubs couldn’t make it through their second Cactus League game before the Soriano trade rumors ignited again. The Twitter..." February 25

  • Should Yankees pursue Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano?

    Newark Star-Ledger "In 2009, Alfonso Soriano was one of the worst players in Major League Baseball. FanGraphs rated him worthy of 0.0 wins above replacement (an exact replica of the theoretical “replacement player”), the seventh-lowest mark among qualified position players. Baseball-Reference was even less..." February 25

  • Alfonso Soriano not sure he would leave for Yankees

    Chicago Tribune "Alfonso Soriano knew what was coming when he heard Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured right forearm after being hit by a pitch in a Grapefruit League game on Sunday. Would the Cubs outfielder be interested in waiving his no-trade clause if the Yankees called the Cubs..." February 25

  • Soriano happy with Cubs — for now

    Chicago Tribune "When the Cubs signed Alfonso Soriano to his eight-year, $136 million deal after the 2006 season, they figured he would help them win it all before the final two seasons, making it worth the added years. Now that Soriano is entering the penultimate year of his contact, he's considered an..." February 19

  • Alfonso Soriano: No trade as long as Cubs are contending

    Chicago Sun-Times "Monday afternoon, in a grassy spot between a baseball field and the Cubs’ row of spring bullpen mounds, a few young Cubs players set up a series of platforms ranging from a foot high to about 3 feet high. Then they took turns jumping from a standstill onto the platforms, each working his way to..." February 19

  • Alfonso Soriano open to trade

    ESPN "Alfonso Soriano says he wants to win with the Chicago Cubs, but if the team falls out of contention -- and the Cubs are expected to struggle again after 101 losses last season -- Soriano would be interested in being traded. "I want to go somewhere where I'd feel comfortable," Soriano said..." February 18

  • Atop Cubs' must-do list: Trade Soriano, Marmol

    Chicago Tribune "On the eve of their first workout of the spring, the Cubs suffered a setback. Carlos Marmol arrived. Another blow is sure to follow in a few days. Alfonso Soriano will walk in the door. Cubs President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer will tell you it was a productive offseason...." February 12

  • Soriano could become hot commodity

    Chicago Tribune "Will the possibility of a Nelson Cruz suspension put the Rangers in an acquisition mode before spring training? The Rangers would be wise to try to get the best hitter available, the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano, but it appears they have tied their hands by rolling the dice on Lance Berkman as their..." February 03

  • Latest PED Clinic Bust To Benefit Cubs, Alfonso Soriano?

    Cubbies Crib "By now if you are even just casually in tune with sports news in general, you are aware of the latest PED scandal that MLB is having to deal with. Prominent MLB names such as Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, and Melky Cabrera have already been connected with the Miami based clinic, with..." January 30

  • Alfonso Soriano reaffirms desire to remain with Cubs

    Chicago Sun-Times "If he was surprised, he didn't admit it, but Alfonso Soriano seemed relieved to still be wearing a Cubs uniform for the opening of the Cubs Convention on Friday. ''I'm very happy,'' said Soriano, who was told at the end of last season that the Cubs would consider trade possibilities over the..." January 19

  • The Cubs would eat $26 million of the $36 million owed Alfonso Soriano

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs ate a lot of Carlos Zambrano's contract when he went to the Marlins just to be rid of him and they are willing to do the same thing with Alfonso Soriano, reports Jon Heyman: specifically, $26 million of the $36 million Soriano is owed over the next two seasons. The catch: you gotta..." December 13

  • Alfonso Soriano To The Phillies? Cubs, Phils Have Talked

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "Yes, yes, I know. Too many posts in rapid fire. But this rumor might actually have legs, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports: The Phillies, interested in a right-handed batter to hit behind cleanup man Ryan Howard, talked to the Cubs about a swap of Domonic Brown for Alfonso Soriano but..." December 11

  • Cubs will discuss Soriano; Phils a possible suitor

    Fox Sports "Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has been available on the trade market at various times over the past several years. This winter, he might finally be on the move. The Cubs expect to meet with teams regarding Soriano during the upcoming winter meetings in Nashville, according to..." December 02

  • Position analysis: Soriano retains value

    Chicago Tribune "Before the final game of the season, Alfonso Soriano said he's ready for the trade rumors to start this winter. The next day, Cubs President Theo Epstein said he doesn't believe people "get an accurate picture of (Soriano) watching him across the field," lauding his work ethic and quiet..." October 15

  • Alfonso Soriano talks trade possibility, retirement

    Hardball Talk "Alfonso Soriano pulled off quite the rebound this season, hitting .262/.322/.499 with 32 homers and 108 RBI. Still, he's not sure about his future with the Cubs and he's weighing retirement once his contract ends,'s Patrick Mooney reports. "It depends how long," Soriano said when..." October 03

  • Soriano's strong season could be his last in Chicago

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs can lose their 100th game today at Chase Field, a milestone manager Dale Sveum and the players have made a goal of avoiding. And next year doesn't look to be that much better, especially if they wind up dealing their only proven power hitter, Alfonso Soriano, who sticks out like a sore..." October 01

  • Soriano reflects on 9/11 tragedy

    CSN Chicago "As the world remembers 9/11, the sports world paid tribute to the 2001 tragedy Tuesday. Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano reflected back on the earth-shattering news. He was just a rookie back then with the Yankees, playing in New York City. "Eleven years, time flies," Soriano said, according..." September 12

  • Soriano's 2-run HR in 8th lifts Cubs past Pirates

    Chicago Tribune "Alfonso Soriano donned a Deion Sanders Falcons jersey after Sunday's 4-2 win over the Pirates, part of Dale Sveum's idea to celebrate the start of the NFL season by having the Cubs wear uniforms of their favorite teams on the flight to Houston. Soriano didn't have football growing up in the..." September 10

  • Soriano takes shot at city of San Francisco

    CSN Bay Area "You can never tell how it's going for Alfonso Soriano at the plate, because he's always the same guy, no matter what's written or blasted out on the talk shows. So there was Soriano on Friday morning, holding court at the breakfast table in the middle of the clubhouse, joking around on the..." September 01