User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
OF Soriano designated for assignment

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The New York Yankees' reunion with Alfonso Soriano is likely over after the team designated the struggling outfielder for assignment on Sunday.

Advertisement
Soriano returned to New York midway through last season and sparked the offense with 17 home runs in 58 games.

But Soriano hit just .221 this season with six homers and 23 RBIs in 67 games. The Yankees announced the move shortly after acquiring Arizona right-handed starter Brandon McCarthy for lefty Vidal Nuno.

''We designated Soriano, which is extremely difficult because he's been a great Yankee and a great player,'' New York manager Joe Girardi said before Sunday's game at Minnesota.

Soriano's playing time decreased considerably this year after New York signed Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran in the offseason. He recently has been splitting time in right field with Ichiro Suzuki since Beltran was injured and is now limited to designated hitter.

But the slugger who started his major league career with the Yankees in 1999 and has 412 career homers has not connected since May 17 and has struck out 71 times in 226 at_bats.

The 38-year-old Soriano is in the final year of an eight-year, $136 million deal he signed with the Chicago Cubs, who are paying $13 million of his $18 million salary this year. The Yankees have 10 days to trade or place Soriano on unconditional waivers. If he clears waivers, New York can release him.

''For Soriano, it's a guy that came in and did a tremendous job for us last year, has had his struggles this year and he's a guy that's used to playing every day,'' Girardi said. ''Wasn't every day for him, maybe it was harder for him to get going, not sure. I'm sure he's extremely disappointed. Soriano always takes things with class.''

The Yankees recalled pitcher Bruce Billings from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Billings pitched in one game for New York this season, allowing four runs in four innings on April 25 against the Los Angeles Angels.

Girardi has an open spot in the starting rotation after Nuno was traded to the Diamondbacks. Nuno was slated to start on Monday and McCarthy pitched on Thursday. New York won't force McCarthy into Nuno's spot on short rest.

Billings - who has started 11 games in Triple-A - won't be a candidate to start on Monday, Girardi said. An announcement will be made later.

''The taxing of our bullpen kind of forced us to make this move, in a sense,'' Girardi said. ''I'm not saying it wouldn't have happened, but we decided we had to make it today because we need to.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Yankees chase Price, rip Tigers
Royals explode late, rout Twins
Teheran, Braves sneak by Mets, 3-2
Sizemore, Phillies sweep Nats, 8-4
Reds hold off Cubs, 'over' cashes
Smyly, Rays shut down Orioles, 3-1
Blue Jays avoid sweep, top Red Sox
Rangers rout Mariners, 12-4
Pirates edge Cardinals, 'under' hits
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
3-0 Y'day, 17-4 Run, 24-8 G-Plays
7-2 L9 Guarantees, +8,738 TY
18-9, +1,098 L5 Days, +3,359 TY
13-4 L17, 20-6 +1,565 This Month
10-4 +1,021 G-Plays, +3,151 TY
26-12 +1,998 Run, 15-5 G-Plays
12-3 L15 G-Plays, 17-6 +1,262 Run
23-13, +1,127 L36 MLB Streak
+2,333 Overall This Year
9-3 L12 Guaranteed Plays
7-2 L9 G-Plays, 14-7 L21 Picks
2-0 +225 Y'day, 18-6 L24 G-Plays
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - MLB Playoffs
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 8738
Doc's Sports + 3362
Kevin Rogers + 3359
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
James Manos + 2343
Dave Cokin + 2194
Bruce Marshall + 2029
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2623
Tony Stoffo + 1660
Joe Williams + 953
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Doc's Sports + 2194
Kyle Hunter + 1875
Antony Dinero + 1640
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3130
Kevin Rogers + 1882
Doc's Sports + 1473
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 2978
Kevin Rogers + 1625
Joe Williams + 1010
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!