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Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Posted on: January 13, 2011 9:05 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 9:35 pm
 

SorianoIn a season wrought with more frustrations than answers, the Yankees have agreed to terms with closer (now setup man) Rafael Soriano, as CBSSports.com's Scott Miller confirms. The deal is thought to be for three years and $35 million according to Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown.

Both the Yankees and Soriano found the free-agent market chilly, so the two have hooked up on a deal that will put Soriano on track to succeed Mariano Rivera as closer when Rivera's two-year deal runs out.

Soriano posted the best ERA of his career for the Rays in 2010 after coming over in a deal with the Braves. His 1.73 ERA and league-leading 45 saves led Tampa Bay to the playoffs and he was supposed to cash in with a lucrative contract over the winter. While he certainly ended up with a lucrative deal, it was far less than he was reported to be seeking, and he'll be receiving the deal as a setup man, not closer. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay receives a third first-round pick and will have nine prior to the start of the second round thanks to compensation picks. They could yet earn one more pick with Grant Balfour still out on the market.

For those wondering why Soriano would commit to three years when the soonest he can close is 2013, the player retains the right to opt out of the deal after the first and second year, as SI.com's Jon Heyman reports. Don't bank on that happening, as Soriano would be hard-pressed to find a deal dishing out roughly $12 million annually, especially without save numbers to bolster his case. 

Although GM Brian Cashman declared the club was going to retain its first-round pick, clearly netting Soriano has changed things. The Yankees had ample dollars in their budget, but had nowhere to spend it other than Soriano. So hey, might as well. Plus, the lack of a first-round pick is not a major issue in an environment where New York can just pluck players later in the draft with high bonus demands that slip.

Soriano and Mariano Rivera will combine to earn just over $26 million as the eighth and ninth-inning pitchers of choice.

Does it make up for missing out on Cliff Lee? Not at all, but it does help soften the blow as the Yankees will now be able to go toe-to-toe with the Red Sox in the later innings.

-- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Yup, Thome's AB's over the last two years approx 500, two year combined HR's - 49...so I believe if he had 500+ AB's for each of the last two years he STILL would have hit over 40=45 HRs so your argument about Thome taking 'roids doesn't hold much weight.




Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

wow soxcrusher you might win the biggest homer award ever.  I mean really, you might be the only person to think thome has used steroids, he was always a power prospect that turned into a power hitter, period.  And do you know how many pitchers threw 30Innings?  A lot...you can throw out the 37th ranked for cole but instead throw out the number of runs and then i'll stand corrected and don't get me wrong cole had a stretch where he lost 2 1-0 gms in a row.  Also you put Oswalt in there, you realize that he was with the Astros for the first half of the year where he went 6-12 w an era of 3.42.  When he joined the phillies he ended up going 7-1 w a 1.74 and they averaged about 5 runs per start for him.  Make your stats clear, you can't use his number when most of the year he was pitching for one of the worst Offensive teams in baseball but why would you add that in your terrible stat.
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You might be the dumbest Phillie fan on the boards.......I just gave a all of the stats to back it up yet you still cant believe it....LOL! I cant get more clear then that and neither can you.....It's obvious! OK, Oswalt half the year? Really? LOL! Inferiority complex much?????



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Dude he won't listen.  Thome was on the phillies so he did steroids, guy is clueless.  Read some of the prior posts and see his arguments have no backbone.  I said the samething about his number coinciding with his prime.  However when thome came up he was a smaller 3B (however always a power prospect) but he gradually turned into the beast he is now, not in a year or 2 tho.  BTW its Brady Anderson 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Sox, I understand your reasoning for Thome maybe being on steroids but you didn't take into account the "prime" years of his career when he started hitting 45=50...and the fact now, and ok, I didn't look it up, but is he getting as many at bats as back then?  Now as far as Grady Anderson, yeah, he did 'roids there during his 50 homer season, but I really think if you look at Thome over the years, he didn't get huge like Bonds or really change at all...I dunno, I'm sure guys on the Phils besides Dykstra were juicing, I just don't think Thome was...and I'm sure he'll make the Hall.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

I went back to when the Yankees started throwing all the money at the FA.  There shouldn't be a time line, just like you went back to Nail in the early 90's.  You can't fault me for doing it when you did it first brother haha.  How quick you forget.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

wow soxcrusher you might win the biggest homer award ever.  I mean really, you might be the only person to think thome has used steroids, he was always a power prospect that turned into a power hitter, period.  And do you know how many pitchers threw 30Innings?  A lot...you can throw out the 37th ranked for cole but instead throw out the number of runs and then i'll stand corrected and don't get me wrong cole had a stretch where he lost 2 1-0 gms in a row.  Also you put Oswalt in there, you realize that he was with the Astros for the first half of the year where he went 6-12 w an era of 3.42.  When he joined the phillies he ended up going 7-1 w a 1.74 and they averaged about 5 runs per start for him.  Make your stats clear, you can't use his number when most of the year he was pitching for one of the worst Offensive teams in baseball but why would you add that in your terrible stat.



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

But their stud players (or players they bought) through out the 2000 were all FA....TEX, Arod, CC, Granderson, Damon, Randy Johnson, Pavano, Mussina, Kevin Brown, Sheffield, Giambi,  Mussina, Clemens, Burnett.
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What a stretch! How far are you going back??? 15 years? LOL!



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Thanks for playing though.........NEXT



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

But their stud players (or players they bought) through out the 2000 were all FA....TEX, Arod, CC, Granderson, Damon, Randy Johnson, Pavano, Mussina, Kevin Brown, Sheffield, Giambi,  Mussina, Clemens, Burnett.



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Jim Thome did what most players do with their stats.  He broke into the league established himself, his stats went up in the prime of his career and then started to decline with age.  He was never linked to steroids like the players who I named, those players (besides clemens) actually admitted to it or failed tests, big difference.
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Says you........Thome will ALWAYS have it hang over his head.........I would not be surprised at all when he comes out with it........


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