If Acquired, Alfonso Soriano Would Not Help New York Yankees' Pursuit of Playoff Berth

By Paul Seaver

The rumors surrounding Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano are heating up and it’s now being widely reported that one potential destination is a return to the New York Yankees. While bringing back a player who began his career in New York would be nice, it certainly isn’t going to help the Yankees’ pursuit of a playoff spot.

New York needs to get healthy and the drama surrounding Alex Rodriguez and that whole PED investigation and scandal is what ironically enough is at the forefront. The Yankees have done a decent job in basically pushing the A-Rod drama to the side, which is exactly what they need to do. In addition, Derek Jeter‘s health is a major concern and considering the fact that he should be able to return to the lineup in the coming weeks, it still doesn’t help the fact that he’s only played in one game all season.

Let’s go back to the whole Soriano potential, however. At this point, nobody will really be surprised if he ends up wearing a Yankees’ uniform once again — that’s just the way things are reportedly looking at this juncture. Either way, New York finds themselves currently seven games back of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East and there are two other teams pinched in between the hated rivals in the standings. The Tampa Bay Rays are red hot and the Baltimore Orioles are very much so in the discussion for the division and a potential Wild Card spot.

There’s more than enough baseball to be played this season, but the Yankees need to gather some momentum if they are going to make their case in a division that is probably the best in all of baseball. With that being said, a 37-year-old Soriano with still $25 million left on his deal is not the answer.


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