The Yankees designated outfielder Alfonso Soriano for assignment earlier today, ending the 38-year-old’s second stint with the club. While Soriano could play out the rest of the season serving as a bench bat somewhere, he is also considering retirement, as Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes reports. Soriano says that he will take a week to mull over his options with his family.
Despite hitting well in his return to the Yankees last year, Soriano was only able to muster a .221/.244/.367 slash line with six home runs and 23 RBI this season. Soriano is earning $18 million this season, the final year of an eight-year, $136 million contract he signed with the Cubs back in 2006.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.