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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: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

2 things.  1. back up your argument of no run support.  While you do this take into consideration that the phillies has Rollins, Polanco, Howard, Utley injured last year.  Also Utley, Rollins, Victorino had down years as well as Howard had his power number drop a bit, prob. due to coming back to quickly on his injured ankle.  Ok so all that and they still had the 2nd most runs in the NL.  2.  When you use the fact that Werth is gone, add in the fact that he hit well below .200 w/ RISP.  So now, back up your argument that they will have no run support....
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Injuries? Really? That it? FYI, the Yankees had every player on the DL at some point last year........Give me a break! LOL! Lack of run support for Philly all year.....Same goes for the Mariners........Your rotation is the best in MLB dont get me wrong but if Howard doesnt get back on the juice, Rollins doesnt get healthy, Utley doesnt get back in the juice you guys are in trouble........



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

2 things.  1. back up your argument of no run support.  While you do this take into consideration that the phillies has Rollins, Polanco, Howard, Utley injured last year.  Also Utley, Rollins, Victorino had down years as well as Howard had his power number drop a bit, prob. due to coming back to quickly on his injured ankle.  Ok so all that and they still had the 2nd most runs in the NL.  2.  When you use the fact that Werth is gone, add in the fact that he hit well below .200 w/ RISP.  So now, back up your argument that they will have no run support....



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

They fail if they don't win a WS?!?!?  NO REALLY?!?!?  Of course they do, you idiot.  Any team that doesn't accomplish their goal has failed.  You are the John Madden of baseball, stating the obvious.
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REALLY? TYPING IN CAPS? LOL! How upset are you? Any team that spends as much money as Philly did this year (As much as you like to ignore it) has to win it all.........That might be their goal but spending money doesnt buy them an automatic spot.....You still have to play the game on the field.......Philly better pitch well because they will have no run support.........LOL



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Or maybe we'll spit on the wife of the player we told EVERYONE that was as good as a yankees at seasons end.  Listen you can't call out a whole fan base bc of one stupid drunk kid.  Just like it wouldn't be right to say the Yankees are tied to steroids bc of Pettitte or Arod......or Clemens....or Giambi ......or even you're 4th or 5th starter Mitre.   I mean those are just isolated instances right....

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I hear what your saying but in this instance your comparing apples to oranges........Philly fans are known to be idiots and some of your OWN players are tied to steroids (Romero, Thome, Dykstra to name a few).....puking on little girls, throwing bottles, the prison at the Vet, the out of control nature that is your fanbase..........That being said, I like most Philly fans (At least the ones who are potty trained)........The Loveable losers.....Trying to play with the big boys.....




Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

red sox and philly fans love to beat up & make fun of the Yankees because
of the way they spend money.  i think it's time for those, who's baseball knowledge
is that of a moron, to start looking at baseball as a business.  if you have the money,
you spend it.  if your the kansas city royals, then you just pocket it and show your
fans you don't mean to field a good team.  we'll see who's laughing in october.




Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

i'm a yankee hater, but dont put pedroia in canos category..dont put them in same sentence..cano might be the best player in baseball right now..pedroia is a hard working all star gritty player..its apples and oranges...i see that even though i think the yankees are a joke



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

i'm a yankee hater, but dont put pedroia in canos category..dont put them in same sentence..cano might be the best player in baseball right now..pedroia is a hard working all star gritty player..its apples and oranges...i see that even though i think the yankees are a joke



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

too many isolated incidents...spent 12 million per for 3 years on a setup man..possibly a closer in 3 years..does anyone realize how ridiculous that soulds...other teams are spending..not on an 8th inning pitcher for 12 million..sad



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

They fail if they don't win a WS?!?!?  NO REALLY?!?!?  Of course they do, you idiot.  Any team that doesn't accomplish their goal has failed.  You are the John Madden of baseball, stating the obvious.  



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Or maybe we'll spit on the wife of the player we told EVERYONE that was as good as a yankees at seasons end.  Listen you can't call out a whole fan base bc of one stupid drunk kid.  Just like it wouldn't be right to say the Yankees are tied to steroids bc of Pettitte or Arod......or Clemens....or Giambi ......or even you're 4th or 5th starter Mitre.   I mean those are just isolated instances right....



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