Back in March, the NY Post's George King had it right about the 2014 Yankees

It's been months since the Yankees offered fans anything beyond the Jeter farewell tour and acid-reflux. And I'm tired of sportswriters/announcers/YES men who serve as Yankee-brass enablers. (For now, let's leave John and Suzyn out of this.) From day one, the 2014 Yankees looked hopelessly out of whack. So let's see what people said back when it might have mattered...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

John Harper's uncanny opening day predictions for the 2014 Yankees

OK, it's easy to beat up someone for a bad prediction. Nobody always gets it right, and we all wanted to think the Yankees couldn't spend all that money last winter without improving. Also, the Daily News columnist stressed - (they always do) - that he had mucho reservations about this team. Still, there he was, drinking Kool-Aid straight from the nipple, advancing the notion...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

How Are the Yankees Still in Playoff Contention?

Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman must be sorcerers. That can be the only explanation for the New York Yankees’ ability to hang around the periphery of American League playoff contention. Their rotation lost starters CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, and Ivan Nova for the season, and only recently got Michael Pineda back from the 60-day disabled list. Outfielder Alfonso Soriano was...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Joel Sherman says it (He said it last August too): "Maybe these Yanks would be better off getting clobbered by the lowly White Sox this weekend, having their fate fully defined and taking advantage of pitching needs with the Angels and Dodgers to see if t

It's what we all know: If the Yankees last August had accepted their dismal, starkly apparent, also-ran fate, imagine the implications for 2014.1. No trade for Alfonso Soriano, who through July sat in our bellies like a State Fair deep-fried pat of butter.2. We could have traded Robby Cano for a front-line prospect, or maybe three. If we scored a young 2B, we would have been...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago news: Cubs, White Sox TV ratings long way from 2008; Cubs down 72%

My latest Chicago Tribune column is on the local TV ratings for the Cubs and White Sox for 2014 compared to 2008, when both teams made the playoffs and baseball was king in Chicago. You also can access a link to the full column via my Twitter feed at @Sherman_Report. From the column: ******* On May 28, 2008, Alfonso Soriano’s game-winning single in the 10th inning gave the Cubs...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankeetorial: As they make the final turn, the Yankees need players, not contracts

I spent July whining about Brian Roberts, which was like mocking a lawn flamingo. I hated myself. Roberts is a nice fellow whose body simply ran out of baseball games, in the same gasping, wheezing way that a keg runs out of beer. The Yankees' biggest improvement was to release him and try someone new. But they couldn't: There was that contract. We were paying him so much...
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Alfonso Soriano to return in 2015?

Earlier this month the New York Yankees released outfielder Alfonso Soriano and it now looks like he won’t be seen again in the majors this season. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone as Soriano’s batting .221 with only 6 homers over 67 games played. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that Soriano has decided to take the rest of the season off and will shoot for a return...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Alfonso Soriano shooting for possible 2015 return to the big leagues

Seven-time All-Star Alfonso Soriano, released by the Yankees earlier this month, has told friends he expects to take the rest of this season off, then consider next season whether to return to play in the majors. Soriano hit 34 home runs splitting time between the Cubs and Yankees in 2013, so his departure after a slow start this year seemed rather abrupt. This is the final year...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The Yankees are rushing this kid, Severino, through the system

High frequency buzz in the Yankiverse today: The Yankees are moving righty phenom Luis Severino from Tampa to Double A Trenton. He's only 20, and he only recently moved up to Tampa. This week, he dazzled scouts in the Futures Game.There is rampant speculation that Cashman is showcasing him for a butcher block trade - for a Cliff Lee or a David Price. (Other prospects would certainly...
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees formerly release Alfonso Soriano

getty The New York Yankees have released Alfonso Soriano. Soriano had been designated for assignment a week ago and to the surprise of no one cleared waiver. The 38-year-old is at the end of the line as he hit just .221/.244/.367 with six homers over 67 games for the Yankees before the team finally cut ties with him. In other Yankee news the team sent relievers Jim Miller and Bryan...
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Starlin Castro Says He Learned A Lot From Former Player

Posted to Chicago CubsStarlin Castro has had a roller coaster career in Chicago, so he consulted another Cubs player who has had similar experiences – Alfonso Soriano. “You know who I learned a lot from — Sori,” Castro said. “Sori’s the same guy. Always. I always hung out with him. And that’s the kind of thing that he told me: Nobody’s better than baseball. When you’re...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees trades can’t mortgage future on thin playoff promise

The Yankees are going to keep trying to make trades. It is just who they are. Part of the genetic code of the Steinbrenners. They are never going to give up on a season. They didn’t last year in taking a big financial hit to get Vernon Wells at the end of spring and Alfonso Soriano in late July. And we should remember that was to augment a roster on which the primary catcher,...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Alfonso Soriano mulling retirement

There comes a time in every man's journey through life when he must stop and ask himself, did I give 100% every chance I had? That time came for Alfonso Soriano on Sunday when he was designated for assignment by the New York Yankees.#451714668 / gettyimages.comAccording to Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes, Soriano has not decided what he is going to do and retirement is an option...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Make Two Moves, Have Much Much More To Do

In the last 48 hours, the third place New York Yankees made a pair of moves designed to, somehow, improve their chances of making the playoffs this season. In the first deal, the Bombers sent ineffective starting pitcher Vidal Nuno to the Diamondbacks. In the second, they designated multi-million dollar outfielder Alfonso Soriano for assignment, thereby ending his second stint with...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Recapping A Busy Sunday For The New York Yankees

Sunday was a busy day for the Yankees, both on and off the field. By the end of it, the Yankees were series winners against the Minnesota Twins, had parted ways with a home grown Yankee and had received word that another three homegrown players had earned trips to the 2014 All-Star Game.The most important development was the Yankees winning three of their last four games, thanks...
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July 07, 2014  |  1 Comment

Dejected Jeter: Soriano is like a brother to me

Like other Yankees players and members of the organization, Derek Jeter was saddened Alfonso Soriano was designated for assignment Sunday and no longer part of the club. “Soriano is like family to me,” Jeter said. “I have played with him a long time, when he first came up and when he came back. Sori has had a tremendous career here in New York and it was difficult for him...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Designate Alfonso Soriano For Assignment

The New York Yankees sent veteran power hitter Alfonso Soriano packing on Sunday afternoon. This move came on the heels of New York acquiring Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Yankees designated Alfonso Soriano for assignment. His -1.5 Wins Above Replacement ranked tied for 3rd-worst among position players in 2014 — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 6...
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July 06, 2014  |  1 Comment

New York Yankees DFA Veteran Alfonso Soriano

As we reported earlier, the New York Yankees acquired Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks. As it turns out the move will cost Alfonso Soriano a spot on the roster as the team designated for assignment the 38 year old outfielder and will have 10 days to trade, release or waive him. Soriano is in the final year of his eight-year, $138 million contract.  He came to the...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Yanks Acquire Brandon McCarthy, Designate Alfonso Soriano

Brandon McCarthy will now pitch for the New York Yankees – Mandatory Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images The New York Yankees are always expected to make a few moves at or before the trade deadline, and they’ve come through once again. According to the Yankees’ Twitter handle, New York has reportedly acquired starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy and cash considerations from the...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Designate Slumping Alfonso Soriano For Minor League Assignment

Alfonso Soriano’s 2014 season reached a new low on Sunday. The New York Yankees announced that they had designated Soriano to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre for assignment. The Yankees called up right-handed pitcher Bruce Billings to take Soriano’s place. Soriano is hitting just .221 with six home runs and 23 RBIs this season. The 38-year-old hasn’t hit a home run since May...
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: The Stunning Fall of Alfonso Soriano

Alfonso Soriano, who nearly carried the Yankees to the playoffs last season, has been designated for assignment, manager Joe Girardi said today. Soriano will now be put through waivers, and if he goes unclaimed, will be allowed to sign with any team in baseball. After being acquired by New York from the Chicago Cubs last July, Soriano hit 17 home-runs and had 50 RBIs in just 58 games...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Acquire Brandon McCarthy; Designate Alfonso Soriano for Assignment

PHOTO COURTESY: MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS The Yankees just had an interesting end to their Fourth of July weekend. On Sunday, the Yankees acquired starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy from the Diamondbacks for left hander Vidal Nuno.  The trade comes in the wake of CC Sabathia most recent injury to his knee, which may sideline him for the rest of the season. Yankees announce...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees game 87 lineup: 6/6/14

The Yankees finish their series with the Twins today before going to Cleveland. Hiroki Kuroda gets the ball against Ricky Nolasco. Before the game, the Yankees traded for Brandon McCarthy and DFA’d Alfonso Soriano. Game time: 2:05 pm ET – Target Field – Minneapolis, Minn. TV: YES Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 fm. WADO 1280 New York Yankees (43-43) Brett Gardner LF Derek Jeter SS...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees land Braandon McCarthy, designate Alfonso Soriano for assignment

The New York Yankees have acquired pitcher Brandon McCarthy and cash from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Vidal Nuno. McCarthy owns a 5.01 ERA this season but has a 93/20 K/BB ratio. That the Diamondbacks are picking up $2.05 million of the $4.8 million he is still owed helped facilitate a trade. The Yankees will have McCarthy made his debut on Wednesday. In order to make...
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Alfonso Soriano Designated for Assignment

Soriano laced a double in the 11th, stole third and scored the game-winning run. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)More moves to report. Yankees have decided to cut ties with the struggling Alfonso Soriano. The team has reportedly designated the 38-year-old outfielder for assignment. Soriano has been in a slump most the year and really never got a fair shake with his truncated...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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