The New York Yankees designated Alfonso Soriano for assignment and then released the veteran outfielder a few days ago. Soriano is reportedly mulling retirement, but there could be contending teams interested in his services as those teams make that final push to the postseason. However, teams like the Toronto Blue Jays, that are contending for the playoffs, should not go after Soriano after his poor start to the year with the Yankees.
The Blue Jays are in need of another bat in the lineup because of Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind‘s injuries. Soriano is not the answer though. The seven-time All-Star who hit 17 home runs with New York in just 58 games after the trade with the Chicago Cubs, only hit six in 67 games with the Yankees after being surrounded by marquee batters like Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.
Soriano was hitting .221/.244/.367 striking out 71 times in five less plate appearances than last season with the club. He was hitting .204 against right-handed pitching and .247 against left-handed pitching. A platoon situation would not be ideal in the outfield because it is already crowded with Colby Rasmus, Melky Cabrera and a Anthony Gose–Darin Mastroianni platoon in right field.
Toronto is better off passing on the 38-year-old and looking elsewhere for some pop. Toronto could look at A.J. Pierzynski instead, if a trade option is not there.
The Blue Jays are looking for help and Soriano is not someone who Toronto should look at.