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After 16-year career, Soriano hangs up spikes

Alfonso Soriano is retiring from the Major Leagues after 16 seasons, according to a report from The Associated Press.

Soriano, 38, was released by the Yankees in July after playing in 67 games in 2014, the final year of an eight-year, $136 million contract he signed with the Cubs before the 2007 season. Soriano was selected to seven consecutive All-Star Games during his career and ranks 50th on the all-time home run list with 412.

He belted 46 homers and stole 41 bases for the Nationals in 2006, becoming just the fourth member of the 40-40 club.

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"I've lost the love and passion to play the game," Soriano said in a radio interview Tuesday in his native Dominican Republic, according to the AP. "Right now, my family is the most important thing. ... Although I consider myself in great shape, my mind is not focused on baseball."

Soriano played parts of five seasons with the Yankees from 1999-2003 before he was traded to the Rangers in '04 in the deal that brought Alex Rodriguez to New York. After two seasons with Texas, Soriano was traded to the Nationals before the '06 season. Soriano spent seven years with the Cubs before being dealt to the Yankees in '13.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for
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