Soriano has been struggling this season, batting just .221/.244/.367 with six homers in 238 plate appearances. Still, the news comes as a surprise given Soriano’s lifetime body of work. In fact, before this season, Soriano was in the midst of a career resurgence with a .258/.312/.494 slash line between 2012 and 2013 with the Cubs and Yankees.
In 16 seasons spent with New York, Texas, Washington and Chicago, the now-38-year-old Soriano has a triple slash of .270/.319/.500 with 412 home runs, which ranks 50th all-time. He has indicated in the past that he would consider retirement, but he also stands a fair chance of picking up with a club looking for a power bat – although he may be better suited for an American League team, which would enable him to DH rather than play the field.
New York will have to pay Soriano the remaining $5 million on his contract after releasing him following the team’s trade for starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy.