Jun 7, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Alfonso Soriano (12) takes batting practice before the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays rumors: Jays have checked in on Alfonso Soriano

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The Toronto Blue Jays, given some injuries, are in need of some offensive help. With injuries to Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie and Adam Lind, the Jays may have turned their attention to a recently released player from their own division in Alfonso Soriano, reports Ken Rosenthal from FOX Sports.

Soriano was released this past week from his second stint with the New York Yankees, although for the Jays to get him, they may have to convince him out of retirement. Following his release from the Bronx, it was said that the 38-year-old was seriously mulling retirement as one of his options going forward.

But with how desperate they are for some help at the plate, they might be able to make themselves a convincing argument. Plus, it could work financially because the team would only have to pay a prorated portion of the minimum league salary to bring him on board.

After making his triumphant return to the Yankees, Soriano has been a shell of his former self, so to speak. In 67 games this season, he has batted just .221 with six home runs and 23 RBI.

But who knows. The Blue Jays could find themselves a gem for the potential playoff race in October, if they can convince him not to hang up the cleats.

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