Alfonso Soriano retiring from baseball at age 38

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As first reported by Hector Gomez of the Dominican Republic’s Listin Diario, Alfonso Soriano is retiring from baseball after a 16-year major league career.

Soriano would have struggled to find a deal on the open market this winter following a 2014 season that saw him hit .221/.244/.367 in 238 plate appearances for the Yankees, who released him in July. That was the final chapter of the eight-year, $136M contract that he signed in November 2006 with the Cubs.

Soriano spent time with four different clubs — the Yankees, Cubs, Nationals, and Rangers — during his mostly-illustrious career, batting .270/.319/.500 with 2,095 hits, 412 home runs, and 1,159 RBI in 1,975 total major league games. He began his 16-year run in the bigs as a second baseman with the Yankees but was shifted to the outfield in 2006 when he joined the Nats.

Tigers sign Austin Romine to one-year, $4.1 million deal

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The Tigers and free agent catcher Austin Romine have agreed to a one-year contract, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti specifies that the deal is for $4.1 million.

Romine, 31, has been in the league for eight seasons, all with the Yankees. Across 1,116 trips to the plate, he has hit .239/.281/.366. However, Romine is well-regarded for his defense and game-calling abilities.

Romine will slot in as the full-time catcher for the rebuilding Tigers. They’ll have Jake Rogers and Grayson Greiner behind him.