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Royals Release Paul Sorrento

March 26, 2000

HAINES CITY, Fla. (AP) _ The Kansas City Royals released first baseman Paul Sorrento on Saturday.

Sorrento, 35, signed a minor league contract with the Royals on Jan. 26 and expected to be Mike Sweeney’s backup at first base. But Kansas City purchased Dave McCarty from the Oakland Athletics on Friday, making Sorrento expendable.

Sorrento, with Tampa Bay last season, was in camp as a non-roster player and hit .286 (12-for-42) with one homer and 11 RBIs in 17 spring training games, with two errors.

General manager Herk Robinson said the team needed sharper defense than Sorrento provided.

``I think we have to do better than that. I think there are some abilities he lacks,″ Robinson said. ``He’s a good person, a veteran who has been around and been on some winning clubs, but when you look at late-inning replacements and things of that nature, we have to do better.″

Sorrento left the clubhouse immediately after being told of his release.

Sorrento hit .235 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs in 99 games last season. His best season was in 1996, when he hit a career-high .289 with 23 homers and a career-high 93 RBIs for Seattle.

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