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Alfonso Soriano announces retirement

The outfielder is calling it quits after sixteen major league seasons.

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Veteran outfielder Alfonso Soriano has announced his retirement from baseball, according to Listin Diario's Hector Gomez. The 38-year old was said to be leaning towards hanging up his spikes since being designated for assignment and subsequently released by the Yankees in July.

Soriano experienced a bit of a renaissance after being traded to the Yankees at the trade deadline in 2013, hitting .256 with seventeen home runs and 50 RBI in 58 games with the team and finishing his season with 34 home runs and 101 RBI. He got off to a slow start in 2014, hitting only .221/.244/.367 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 67 games.

For his career, Soriano posted a lifetime .270/.319/.500 line with 412 career home runs and 1,159 RBI in sixteen seasons with the Yankees (1999-2003, 2013-2014), Rangers (2004-2005), Nationals (2006), and Cubs (2007-2013). He was named to seven consecutive All-Star games from 2002 to 2007, won four Silver Slugger awards, and earned two World Series rings with the Yankees in 1999 and 2000.