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Posted on 7:01pm Jul 19, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS -- The New York Yankees reunion with Alfonso Soriano is likely over after the team designated the struggling outfielder for assignment on Sunday. Anthony Gose Jersey . Soriano returned to New York midway through last season and sparked the offence with 17 home runs in 58 games. But Soriano hit just .221 this season with six homers and 23 RBIs in 67 games. The Yankees announced the move shortly after acquiring Arizona right-handed starter Brandon McCarthy for lefty Vidal Nuno. "We designated Soriano, which is extremely difficult because hes been a great Yankee and a great player," New York manager Joe Girardi said before Sundays game at Minnesota. Sorianos playing time decreased considerably this year after New York signed Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran in the off-season. He recently has been splitting time in right field with Ichiro Suzuki since Beltran was injured and is now limited to designated hitter. But the slugger who started his major league career with the Yankees in 1999 and has 412 career homers has not connected since May 17 and has struck out 71 times in 226 at-bats. The 38-year-old Soriano is in the final year of an eight-year, $136 million deal he signed with the Chicago Cubs, who are paying $13 million of his $18 million salary this year. The Yankees have 10 days to trade or place Soriano on unconditional waivers. If he clears waivers, New York can release him. "For Soriano, its a guy that came in and did a tremendous job for us last year, has had his struggles this year and hes a guy thats used to playing every day," Girardi said. "Wasnt every day for him, maybe it was harder for him to get going, not sure. Im sure hes extremely disappointed. Soriano always takes things with class." The Yankees recalled pitcher Bruce Billings from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Billings pitched in one game for New York this season, allowing four runs in four innings on April 25 against the Los Angeles Angels. Girardi has an open spot in the starting rotation after Nuno was traded to the Diamondbacks. Nuno was slated to start on Monday and McCarthy pitched on Thursday. New York wont force McCarthy into Nunos spot on short rest. Billings -- who has started 11 games in Triple-A -- wont be a candidate to start on Monday, Girardi said. An announcement will be made later. "The taxing of our bullpen kind of forced us to make this move, in a sense," Girardi said. "Im not saying it wouldnt have happened, but we decided we had to make it today because we need to." Denny McClain Tigers Jersey . Garcia had eight birdies overall to go with a lone bogey on the fourth to move to an 18-under total of 198 at the Asian Tour event. "I was able to hit some really nice shots and then was able to roll two or three really good putts in and it was nice to be able to finish birdie, birdie on this difficult finishing stretch," Garcia said. Justin Upton Jersey . In the calls, Hernandez discussed the murder of Odin Lloyd, including his "belief about his criminal liability" and the "extent of his control over persons charged as accessories," according to the request filed Thursday in Fall River Superior Court.Division: Central GM: Stan Bowman Head Coach: Joel Quenneville 2013-14: 46-21-15 (3rd in Central) Playoffs: Lost in Conference Final Goals For: 261 (2nd) Goals Against: 212 (12th) PP: 19.5% (10th) PK: 81.4% (19th) That Was Then: Last seasons Blackhawks thought they were primed to become the leagues first repeat champions in a over a decade-and-a-half in claiming their third Stanley Cup in five seasons. Surely, that would warrant dynasty talk, no? Well, that debate, though it would have been a good one, never came to pass. The Blackhawks fell short in their quest, cruelly losing in overtime in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals to the eventual Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings on Alec Martinez series-ender. Still, the fact that the Blackhawks came so close yet again will only swell the teams desire to again reach the summit. Last season ended up being more difficult, perhaps, than the Blackhawks had expected, thanks to increased competition in the division. A year removed from the Presidents Trophy (in a shortened season), the team finished third in the Central behind the surprising Colorado Avalanche and the improved St. Louis Blues. But the Hawks got the last laugh, outlasting both of their divisional rivals come playoff time, including dispatching the Blues in the first round of the playoffs, taking four straight after falling behind in the series 2-0. As is expected with great teams, the Blackhawks best players played like their best players. Duncan Keith had, perhaps, what was his finest season as a pro, staking a claim for the mantle of best defenceman in the NHL and claiming a second Norris Trophy. Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa each contributed 30-goal seasons. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane again put up the type of performances youd expect from two elite young players. At 26 and 25, respectively, its still very possible that we have yet to see the best yet from either. Perhaps, the biggest instance of a player proving his mettle came from goaltender Corey Crawford. Suggested more than a few times over the past several seasons that hes more a product of the Blackhawks success than a contributor to it, Crawford proved his critics wrong last season. The 29-year-old started a career-high 59 games and posted a 2.26 goals against average (eighth in the NHL) and 32 wins (10th). Scott Cullens Analytics Blackhawks 2013-14 Stats by Quarter Games GPG GAA SH% SV% SAF% PTS% 1-20 3.60 3.20 9.3 .913 57.0% .750 21-41 3.90 2.43 10.6 .914 56.1% .738 42-62 2.57 2.29 7.4 .928 54.6% .595 63-82 2.50 2.70 6.4 .903 55.4% .525 NHL AVG 2.67 2.67 7.8 .922 50.0% .562 Key: GPG= goals per game, GAA= goals-against per game, SH%= even-strength shooting percentage, SV%= even-strength save percentage, SAF%= score-adjusted Fenwick percentage (differential of shot attempts faced vs. shot attempts, excluding blocked shots, adjusted for game score), PTS%= percentage of available points. Analysis: Games 1-20: Dominant puck possession and finishing overpowered less-than-stellar goaltending as Blackhawks came out of the gate strong. Games 21-41: Ridiculous, and unsustainable, shooting percentage, during a stretch in which Blackhawks had nine wins by at least three goals. Games 42-62: Decline started, even with a boost in goaltending, as possession dropped a little and scoring pace slowed significantly. Games 63-82: Struggled late in the year, with below-average percentages, but strong possession still made them competitive. Key 2014 Additions: C Brad Richards Key 2014 Subtractions: LW Brandon Bollig, C Michal Handzus, G Nikolai Khabibulin This Is Now: The team you saw last year is almost identical to this years with the added security that dual franchise players, Toews and Kane, are sticking around for the long term. Set to become free agents after this coming season, the pair signed identical eight-year, $84 milliion deals over the summer. Anthony Gose Tigers Jersey. Their annual average salary of $10.5 million per year is the highest current salary in the league, but its hard to argue that the pair isnt fairly compensated. The one key difference for the team comes down the middle. With Michal Handzus departing, the Hawks brought aboard veteran centre Brad Richards to take his place in the top nine. A Stanley Cup winner with the Tampa Bay Lightning and fresh off of an appearance in last seasons Final with the New York Rangers, Richards, for the first time in his career, transitions into the role of a complementary piece. Gone are the pressures of a nine-year, $58.5 million contract to live up to, the 34-year-old comes to the Blackhawks at a modest $2 million salary and could slot in to either second or third-line duty, behind Toews and Andrew Shaw. No matter the role, Richards should have the chance to line with up some talented linemates, in the likes of Hossa, Bryan Bickell and Brandon Saad. If there is some cause for concern, its with the clubs final defensive pairing. Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Nick Leddy and Johnny Oduya represent elite to above-average NHL defencemen. The issue was with that final defenceman. Sheldon Brookbank, Mike Kostka and David Rundblad all had opportunities to claim a regular role, but none did and none is back. The likely candidates to get that chance this season are Kyle Cumiskey, returning from the NHL after two seasons in the SEL with Modo, 2011 second-round pick Adam Clendening or Klas Dahlbeck, a third-rounder also in 2011. DEPTH CHART Forwards Left Wing Centre Right Wing Patrick Sharp Jonathan Toews Marian Hossa Brandon Saad Brad Richards Patrick Kane Bryan Bickell Andrew Shaw Kris Versteeg Jeremy Morin Marcus Kruger Ben Smith Peter Regin Teuvo Teravainen Joakim Nordstrom Brandon Mashinter Mark McNeill Ryan Hartman Defence Left Right Duncan Keith Brent Seabrook Niklas Hjalmarsson Johnny Oduya Nick Leddy Michal Rozsival David Rundblad Adam Clendening Stephen Johns Klas Dahlbeck Goaltenders Corey Crawford Antti Raanta Michael Leighton Craigs List TSN Director of Scouting Craig Buttons Top Prospect: Teuvo Teravainen Teuvo Teravainen has the rare gift of 360 degree vision. Seeing all possibilities is one thing when it comes to play making but he has the ability to select the play that is most threatening to an opponent. At the same time he has a precision that makes it very difficult to deter him. With he and Jonathan Toews, the Hawks have the potential for a lethal one-two center combination that will keep them contending for Stanley Cups for years. Fantasy - Cullens Player to Watch - Brad Richards On one hand, its easy to see that there has been a decline in 34-year-old Brad Richards production in recent seasons, the last two producing the lowest points-per-game of his career, yet he still finished with 51 points for the Rangers last season. Moving to Chicago, Richards is looking at an excellent opportunity. If, as planned, he has Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad on his wings, thats an upgrade for Richards over his most common linemates in New York and its an upgrade for those wingers, who were often skating with Michal Handzus. At this stage of his career, it would be unreasonable to forecast a massive jump in Richards production, but playing with good players does give him a chance to be more productive than hes been in the past couple years. 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