Jun 12, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Alfonso Soriano (12) hits a 2-RBI double against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees Rumors: Alfonso Soriano designated for assignment


The MLB trade deadline isn’t until the end of the month but already we’re starting to see some deadline names move to new teams a few weeks early. On the heels of the trade between the Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs that saw Jeff Samardzija move teams, the New York Yankees are also busy making moves to get better.

New York acquired starter Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday morning and as a result have made a roster move to make room for their new pitcher. According to Mark Feinsand from the New York Daily News, Alfonso Soriano drew the short straw and has been designated for assignment to make roster room for McCarthy.

Soriano is likely done in the big leagues as he’s not the player he once was and hasn’t seemed to get a grip on finding a niche role in his old age. He flamed out with the Chicago Cubs and failed to recapture any magic after he rejoined the Yankees.

He’s had bursts though over the last few years and may end up finding a team willing to take a chance on him. But his best years are behind him and the player who was once the centerpiece of a massive trade is now nothing more than a guy being told to get out of the way to make room for a new acquisition.

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