A source tells the paper the Yankees are having "very, very preliminary" discussions about bringing Rafael Soriano aboard as the world's most expensive setup man and heir apparent to Mariano Rivera. The top name in what has turned out to be an extremely lucrative market for relievers, Soriano and agent Scott Boras are thought to be asking for four years and huge money -- undoubtedly more than $10 million a year. That's a lot of cabbage to pitch the eighth inning.
"They don’t know where Boras is going to take this,” the source told the Daily News. "They’re not going to go crazy.""Crazy" is probably what it's going to take to sign Soriano, 31, who converted 45 of 48 save opportunities for the Rays last season while posting a 1.73 ERA.
-- David Andriesen