Blog Entry

Yankees options: Soriano, Jones

Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 6:31 pm
  •  
 
Rafael Soriano
It's almost strange how little we've heard from the Yankees this winter. While those around them have lost their minds with some of these contracts, they have been the model of thrift. There are two big-money free agents left on the market. Carl Pavano isn't coming to the Bronx, for obvious reasons. But Rafael Soriano might be.

Jon Heyman of SI.com says he's hearing that now that it looks more and more like Andy Pettitte is going to retire, the Yankees are looking at couching their uncertain back-end rotation by essentially making the games shorter with a "lockdown bullpen." A few weeks ago it sounded like they were only toying with the idea, but now they might be getting serious. The idea would be for Soriano, who converted 45 of 48 save opportunities with the Rays last season, act as Mariano Rivera's setup guy and heir apparent. With both of those guys in top form and some good sixth- and seventh-inning options as well, the Yankees would basically just need five decent innings from their starters.

Soriano isn't going to come cheap -- he's thought to be after four years at more than $10 million per. With him being on the market this long and so many teams having filled their bullpen needs, there has been some thought that maybe the market for Soriano would soften. Then again, we thought that about Adrian Beltre, and look what he's getting. (What is this svengali thing Scott Boras has with these teams?)

Also from Heyman, the Yankees could be looking at Andruw Jones as a fourth outfielder. It could be a good fit, as Jones can play anywhere in the outfield and the Yankees could use a right-handed bat off the bench. Jones isn't the player he once was, but he still has some pop (he had an OPS+ of 119 for the White Sox last year despite hitting .230).

-- David Andriesen

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.


  •  
Comments

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 8:41 am
 

Yankees options: Soriano, Jones

free agency is ruining the game for every other small market team in the game. time for a salary cap....Correction: tampa bay's awful fan base is ruining the game for the rays . time for me to stop whining and buy a ticket or two .

There you go buddy.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Yankees options: Soriano, Jones

No interest in Andruw Jones.  Guy's garbage and the Yanks already have enough players who strike out in key situations.  Granted, his would all be swinging K's because he has no concept of working a count, but I digress.  Sign Soriano, but don't overpay like the Rangers did for Beltre.  WTF was that nonsense???  Guy's a chump, and might put up one good season during his 6 years...too bad it will be the final one, and only because he's looking for more money. 



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Yankees options: Soriano, Jones

great, just what the rays need...another star player going to another, team in whats already the toughest division in all of baseball. free agency is ruining the game or every other  small market team in the game. time for a salary cap



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Yankees options: Soriano, Jones

Ugh I just read Marte is out until after the All-Star break. Another reason not to sign a reliever to a big money, long-term deal.

This case may be a little different I think.  The Yankees will probably need a closer in two years b/c there's no guarantee Rivera will come back or be as effective as he is now given his age.  Soriano could be brought in now and eventually inherit the closer job when Mo leaves. 





Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:28 am
 

Yankees options: Soriano, Jones

Robertson, Feliciano, Logan in the 7th. Soriano in the 8th and Rivera in the 9th sounds pretty impressive. They still need another starter. Someone that can eat some innings. Maybe Millwood? Even if he pitches to a 5 ERA he should be able to save the bullpen and rack up some offense aided wins. I have no confidence is Joba, unless it's in a competitive food eating contest.




Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:52 am
 

Yankees options: Soriano, Jones

Ugh I just read Marte is out until after the All-Star break. Another reason not to sign a reliever to a big money, long-term deal.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:48 am
 

Yankees options: Soriano, Jones

I don't see the Yankees & Soriano as the right match. I've heard on a few different occasions that Soriano is looking to be a closer & the Yankees really shouldn't be forking over 10 million a season for an 8th inning man, especially when they should be saving up for their next big free agent starter. Soriano is a really nice pitcher, and might be worth 10 million as a closer for some contender, but just look at Damaso Marte if you want to see how big money reliever deals can work out. With Robertson, Joba, Feliciano, Logan, & maybe a healthy Marte we don't need that much bullpen help, I'd just like us to sign another situational righty to get guys like Evan Longoria out.

As for Andruw Jones, I'd actually be down to see him as a 4th outfielder. His time as an everyday player might be over, but I really like the idea of him coming in as a PH off the bench late in the game for Gardner if the Yankees need a clutch homerun. That might be a bit of wishful thinking, but if they get Jones on the cheap then why not.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2011 6:39 am
 

Yankees options: Soriano, Jones

If the Yankees can't trade for a starter right now, why not focus on shoring up the bullpen??  If the Yankees can convince him to be a set up guy for 2 years I say this is a move they should def. make.  If fat Joba can get back in shape and Robertson becomes more consistent the Yankees would have a nasty bullpen if Soriano is brought in as well.  

As for Jones, I wouldn't mind having him as a 4th outfielder.  He can't be much worse than Kearns was last year!



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Yankees options: Soriano, Jones

I'd rather see the yanks grab Lastings Milledge as a 4th outfielder..he's only 25,has 2 years of control left,and he can also play the entire outfield...that being said,i love the idea of locking up Soriano(4 years-34million)!!I wouldn't make the offer until he's exhausted all other options...Dont overpay!!!



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Yankees options: Soriano, Jones

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take Mr. Automatic Strikeout/GIDP Andruw Jones...as long as he's not in a White Sox uniform in 2011 I will be HAPPY!


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com