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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 2:17 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

#3 ok i didn't mention anything about buying a championship but since YOU did please don't throw the phillies in that argument.

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Really? Keep telling yourself that! What happens when they dont win it all? I'll tell you....... if they DON'T win it all this year, they FAIL..............



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

26 million dollars for one guy to pitch the 8th, and one guy to pitch the 9th (if the Yankees are ahead).  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH



AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH  THE YANKEES ARE A JOKE!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH



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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:08 pm
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Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

#3 ok i didn't mention anything about buying a championship but since YOU did please don't throw the phillies in that argument.  The Phillies line up and rotation is far from bought.  There is a big difference from a high payroll and a bought team.  For example, name me the players the phillies have BOUGHT...Ruiz-Nope home gorwn.  Howard-HG, Utley-HG, Rollins-HG, Polanco-HUGH FA signing (haha), Ibanez (Huge FA signing), Victorino-Rule 5 draft, D-Brown HG, Werth (when he was w philly)-was signed for little to no money bc no one else wanted him.  Hamels-HG, Halladay-Trade (using their HG farm), Oswalt Trade, Blanton (Trade), Lee-Only big FA the phillies have signed.  Bullpen: Madson-HG, Lidge-Trade...Do you get my point?  Where did they BUY anything.  Besides Howard, players take less money to STAY here.

Next Point...

LF- Brett Gardner vs. Carl Crawford - Edge Red Sox
RF- Nick Swisher vs. JD Drew- Push
2B- Robinson Cano- Dustin Pedroia- Push, 2 different players and hey I could do the Sox way, one has an mvp 
3B- Alex Rodriguez- Kevin Youkilis- Career of course a rod, right now i'm taking the younger Youkilis, No roids and no "my S don't stink attitude" 
1B- Mark Teixeira vs. Adrian Gonzalez- Sox, you wanna take career numbers bc thats A. Gon but i'm not gonna take that, i'll take the better player.  Just because he was stuck in SD and you may not have seen him much doesn't mean he's not good.  Trust me you'll see him for a few years.  He plays all year, he doesn't SIT in april like Teixeira should just do to save himself another embarrassing first month or so.
CF- Curtis Granderson vs. Jacoby Ellsbury- Edge Yankees if both are healthy i'm taking someone who can/will hit .300 not .247.  Is granderson 70 SB fast?  nope.  Ellsbury who doesn't K every 3rd AB please
SS- Derek Jeter- Marco Scutaro- Edge Yankees fair enough.  Although you could do a lot worse then Scutaro as your WORST hitter.
DH- Jorge Posada vs. David Ortiz- Edge Red Sox,
C - Russell Martin vs. Jarrod Saltalamacchia- Edge Yankees How?  This would be a solid push.  We are talking about 1 person who is finally getting a chance to play and someone else who was benched last year because over the past 2 years he has averaged .250 and 6HRs.

Starting pitching - Edge Red 

Bullpen-Besides Mo, the pens are a lot closer then you may think but ok edge yanks.




Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Teixeira has ALWAYS played in the most hitter friendly parks and has always had protection in his lineups (texas and NY) while Gonzo has spent his career in the absolute worst ball park in the MLB w/ no protection in the lineup, and Gonzo still put up really good stats. But I guess you forgot to mention that Bannedpigeons when making your apples to oranges comparison...... what a stupid post.



Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

you can look at the ballparks but have to put in to the factor of the lineups in those ballparks tex hasnt ever played in a lineup as poor as gonzo



Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

what is the difference between pedi and cano both are great players and gold glovers they are also a little different  pedi has played 300 or so less can so u really cant compare stats to a T I am a sox fan and I would take either you can bash pedi all day but they are different players so if u want to look at stats how many SBs does cano have I think pedi had more in 1 season  so u cant put everything on stats


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Since: Jan 14, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:52 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Gonzo may be the new boy on the block, but Tex is the best 1B in the AL East. Stats don't lie. But Red Sox fans sure do
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LOL how do you think Ellsbury and Drew are that high on the All Star ballots? There is something bad in the water in beantown........It's not truth serum.......But hey Red Sox fans....Dont let stats get in the way....HAHAHAHA


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