After Alfonso Soraino was designated for assignment and then released by the New York Yankees, it looked like the 38-year-old was at the end of the road for his career.
But the veteran outfielder doesn't seem to be quite ready to hang up his cleats and is looking at a return in 2015 after taking the rest of the 2014 season off, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
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.
Teams around Major League Baseball have already shown interest in Soriano since his departure from the Bronx, although the two-time former Yankee isn't in good enough playing shape to return this season:
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.
Soriano looks to have some suitors ready for his return, but he has to return first. He is dangerously close to retirement even with this news, as it'll be difficult to take this much time off and have the ability and drive to snap back into shape at his age.
Even if he can do that, it's not clear how much Soriano has left in his tank. He was dreadful for the Yankees this season after a strong start, and he wasn't even good enough for a Bronx Bombers squad that has been horrid offensively in 2014. In the end, he was reduced to nothing more than a platoon player who only faced lefties.
Soriano's original eight-year, $136 million deal is coming to an end, which makes him a lot more attractive. He could be had for relatively cheap and there's no question there will be some contending teams willing to take a chance on him for the right price.
Besides, Soriano has made plenty of money throughout his career, so it isn't out of the question that he takes a bit less money in order to play for a winner.
It's good to see Soriano isn't giving up just yet since he's such a likeable character, but let's just hope he can really come back and isn't making the wrong decision.
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