TAMPA — New York Yankees All-Star Alfonso Soriano has a new home to relax in after spring training workouts at Steinbrenner Field, buying a sprawling mansion in Tampa's ritzy Avila country club for $2.7 million in cash.
The 7,800-square-foot Mediterranean mansion, gated and guarded by lion statues, boasts seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a library and billiards room, "endless closets" and a 4,000-bottle wine room the size of a small apartment, a sales listing shows.
Outside, the acrewide estate is dotted with a four-car garage, a putting green with sand trap, and a pool deck with gazebos, a fountain hot tub and a pond with a small babbling waterfall.
Soriano, 38, bought the home in April from Bruce Allen, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' former general manager, who now works as president and GM for the Washington Redskins. Allen and his wife, Kiersten, bought the home in 2004 for $2.72 million and listed it for sale in January at $2.99 million.
Built in 2000, the mansion is awash in granite, marble and hardwood, with a driveway laid with old reclaimed Chicago bricks. The gourmet kitchen features multiple ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, warming drawers and microwaves.
Soriano started with the Yankees in 1998 and played for the Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs before the Cubs traded him to the Yankees last year. He is known as one of the major leagues' preeminent sluggers, logging more than 400 career home runs.
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