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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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Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Teixeira over Gonzalez? I guess you are not familiar with Gonzalez then , got to factor in the Petco factor.  
-  Pedroia and Cano are a push-  the bullpens are  a push. (while Rivera is a lock first ballot HOF, Bard will have a better season this year ,(bp is Bard, Paps, Jenks, and Wheeler pretty good)
Try 4-4-3 ... Plus starting pitching trumps position by position. 

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Tex and Gonzalez a push??? HAHAHHAA! Come on now......AGAIN........Its a fact that since 1969 when the playoff format was expanded to 4 teams and even more so since 1996 when it was expanded to 8 teams hitting has been more important a factor in determining a World Series Champion.

Mr. Teixiera, Mr. Consistency. The talented switch hitter has launched at least 30 home runs in his last eight seasons. On top of that impressive stat, he has never driven in less than 105 runs or had an on-base percentage below .365. Going into his ninth season, the 30-year-old Teixeira has secured four Gold Gloves and finished second in the MVP voting during the 2009 season. Teixeira currently has 275 career home runs and 906 RBIs. Barring injury, Teixeira will set personal milestones with his 300th home run and 1,000 RBI in 2011.

Teixeira is also battled-tested in baseball’s best division. In two seasons with the Bombers, he has cracked 72 home runs and driven in 230 runs.

Gonzo, you aren’t in San Diego anymore. Welcome to the Animal House known as the American League East. Welcome to the division that had four of its five teams finished above .500 last season. Welcome to the East Coast, where every game has meaning.

Gonzalez has played once in the post-season (2006), but history shows that sometimes, small market players have trouble playing under the bright lights. Gonzalez must also become accustomed to facing pitchers he has never seen become. Even though Gonzalez hit .337 against lefties last year, how will he fare against David Price, CC Sabathia, and other tough lefties in the division? How will he handle the pressure?

Many times a teams pitching staff will improve while in the playoffs, sometimes they win, and sometimes they lose. However, there is no example I can find of a team where the pitching staff met the expectation set from the regular season and the offense outperformed itself lost a series. If a team wins 100 games in the regular season with a 3.25 ERA should they not expect to win 60% of their games in the playoffs if they maintain that pace? If a team shrinks that average to 2.25 should they not expect to win 80% of the games.

The answer is they can expect to win but the batters still have to score runs. The only way to win a game is score more runs, the pitcher and defense have never scored a run in the history of baseball so how can pitching win you championships?

 Before 1969, the team with the best pitching usually won the pennant. This was the case throughout most of the 1960s; the best pitching team was winning. Then in October the best pitching team in the AL would meet the best pitching team in the NL. To win a pennant there was usually a need to have good hitting. So pre-1969 pennant winners were almost always in the top 2 or 3 in batting and pitching. Between 1969-1993 the best pitching team usually made the playoffs but was hung up now and again in the LCS. Since 1995 we have seen more average teams seeking into the playoffs and even into the final and winning the World Series. This trumps the typical assumption that “great pitching and fielding wins Championshipsâ€.

 Upper echelon teams usually play .500 ball against other top teams regardless of their team type. When good pitching teams collapse in the playoffs it is not so much that they collapse as it is a result of the pitching or batting failing them it is having to win 11 games against 3 teams that they roughly had a .500 record against.

The strength of a teams pitching is graded on the regular season. Good pitching keeps a team competitive in the regular season pre-division format as well as now. This is for the reason that the best pitching team will rarely lose to bad hitting teams. In each league there are 3-5 bad hitting teams. This means that a good pitching team should be able to beat the bad hitting teams almost every night.




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Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Teixeira over Gonzalez? I guess you are not familiar with Gonzalez then , got to factor in the Petco factor.  
-  Pedroia and Cano are a push-  the bullpens are  a push. (while Rivera is a lock first ballot HOF, Bard will have a better season this year ,(bp is Bard, Paps, Jenks, and Wheeler pretty good)
Try 4-4-3 ... Plus starting pitching trumps position by position. 




Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Um, come again? Your rotation is much to be desired? Way to brush your team's most glaring weakness under the carpet with one half-retarded comment. You guys NEED a starter. The bullpen was fine before this signing. The addition of Feliciano alone made your bullpen above average at worst, so why waste $35 mill on a glorified setup man? What good is it to have the best bullpen in the league if you don't have the staters to get to them?
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I didnt stutter, did I? I would not call CC, Hughes and AJ a weakness at all........Take last year out for Burnett....Are you STILL calling him the weak link? He started last year out 6-0 (If I recall).....Then the guy started going through a bitter divorce.......His stuff is is flat out FILTHY when he is on........No WAY you can discount Burnett based on last year......If that's the case then Beckett, D-Mat and Lackey suck as well..........Internally; because we are the fift best farm system in the league, we have options........Mitre, Nova, Brackman and others.......



Since: Jan 14, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

I am so tired of the one string banjo that is ALL of you people that play about  the Yankees trying to but another Championship. First off the core four all home talent not counting Bernie Williams and a select others to win the recent championships. That aside. you town criers that wish they had a man such as the late great George Steinbrenner who cared enough about his fans to attempt to put a quality product out there. See the difference is His paid off 7 times in 35 years while others failed. Teams like the Dodgers,Orioles ,and Teams in other sports like Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder,and the mavericks Mark Cuban,and lets don't forget the teams today the Mets,Red Socks,Cubs,Phillies all averaged over 5 million the last 2 years and just  in  recent history only the Phillies and Red Sox (3Championships between them) have shown any fruit. Mr. Snyder,and Cuban share a bagel! I don't here anyone screaming at the Red Socks with all there spending this year,so give Roy Clark back his banjo,after all he plays it much better. I hope you have find another post to lean on you criers have worn the paint off this one. I hear Jerry Jones has built this new corral down close to Mexico way! Heard he paid quite the pretty peso to do it. Why don't you pick up a differant instrument may I suggest the sax I here it really wails when played properly . Why don't I am so tired of the one string banjo that is ALL of you people that play about  the Yankees trying to but another Championship. First off the core four all home talent not counting Bernie Williams and a select others to win the recent championships. That aside. you town criers that wish they had a man such as the late great George Steinbrenner who cared enough about his fans to attempt to put a quality product out there. See the difference is His paid off 7 times in 35 years while others failed. Teams like the Dodgers,Orioles ,and Teams in other sports like Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder,and the mavericks Mark Cuban,and lets don't forget the teams today the Mets,Red Socks,Cubs,Phillies all averaged over 5 million the last 2 years and just  in  recent history only the Phillies and Red Sox (3Championships between them) have shown any fruit. Mr. Snyder,and Cuban share a bagel! I don't here anyone screaming at the Red Socks with all there spending this year,so give Roy Clark back his banjo,after all he plays it much better. I hope you have find another post to lean on you criers have worn the paint off this one. I hear Jerry Jones has built this new corral down close to Mexico way! Heard he paid quite the pretty peso to do it. Why don't you pick up a differant instrument may I suggest the sax I here it really wails when played properly . Why don't you ask how spending a Texas size fortune is working out for him while you both sitting watching the teams neither of you own are playing in his 3million sq ft livingroom on his 600 ton tv in his 1.4 billion dollar house, how is it working for you Jerry. I here Mr. Steinbrenner has a World Championship Banner already hanging in his new livingroom. got it the first year in fact. to the dismay of alot of banjo players. Now he is just a pickin and a grinnin looking down on all of us. Now that the team is preparing and exit strategy for the Great Rivera you bitch once again. will its like the car alarm that goes off at the mall . we all here it but we just choose to chalk it up to an annoying noise we've heard before. I wonder if you all have hear the phrase '' IT TAKES MONEY TO MAKE MONEY'' atleast with his money it paid a dividend !you ask how spending a Texas size fortune is working out for him while you both sitting watching the teams neither of you own are playing in his 3million sq ft livingroom on his 600 ton tv in his 1.4 billion dollar house, how is it working for you Jerry? I here Mr. Steinbrenner has a World Championship Banner already hanging in his new livingroom. got it the first year in fact. to the dismay of alot of banjo players. Now he is just a pickin and a grinnin looking down on all of us. Now that the team is preparing and exit strategy for the Great Rivera you bitch once again. will its like the car alarm that goes off at the mall . we all here it but we just choose to chalk it up to an annoying noise we've heard before. I wonder if you all have hear the phrase '' IT TAKES MONEY TO MAKE MONEY'' atleast with his money it paid a dividend ! Let me be the first to welcome you aboard Rafael! what's your ring size?




Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

The only thing the Yankees are guilty of is trying to put a winning team on the field every year.  Not everyone does that.  Most are content with revenue sharing and vendor sales inside the park.  Championships are taken with you to the grave and are not given away on paper, by sportswriters or by a couple of off season signings.  You do what is neccessary and needed to maintain that committment to winning.  Thats what the Yankees have ...a committment to winning.  Its nice to see other teams commit like Boston, Philly and Anahiem....they have finally figured it out!  Nothing is etched in stone for 2011.  The games still have to be played and as I always say we will know in October!



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

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Now they have the best lineup and best bullpen in the AL......Id say that makes them contenders to say the very least........
Maybe, maybe not.  Starting pitching is what wins.... it's the most important thing there is in baseball.  Now, if they were in any other division the Yankees could be the exception.. but they aren't.  They won't win their division with that starting pitching staff they have.  They don't have an excellent number 2 pitcher and numbers 3 and 4 are unproven.....  If Petitte comes back and doesn't crash due to his age and pitches as well as he has, it might change things a bit. But as of right now, no way that pitching staff even gets you to the 8th inning most games.  The hitting will overcome the bad starting pitching at times... but not often enough to beat out the redsox.

And in the playoffs starting pitching is all that matters.  Aside from 2 seasons ago, the Yankees starting pitching in the playoffs has been a horrific thing to watch... an era over 5 in all of those years combined except for one season..... thus the one championship in 10 years... Rivera was unbelievable in the games he pitched all along in the playoffs.. the best of all time.. but the starters killed your team....



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Its a fact that since 1969 when the playoff format was expanded to 4 teams and even more so since 1996 when it was expanded to 8 teams hitting has been more important a factor in determining a World Series Champion.

 

Many times a teams pitching staff will improve while in the playoffs, sometimes they win, and sometimes they lose. However, there is no example I can find of a team where the pitching staff met the expectation set from the regular season and the offense outperformed itself lost a series. If a team wins 100 games in the regular season with a 3.25 ERA should they not expect to win 60% of their games in the playoffs if they maintain that pace? If a team shrinks that average to 2.25 should they not expect to win 80% of the games.

 

 

 

The answer is they can expect to win but the batters still have to score runs. The only way to win a game is score more runs, the pitcher and defense have never scored a run in the history of baseball so how can pitching win you championships?

 

Before 1969, the team with the best pitching usually won the pennant. This was the case throughout most of the 1960s; the best pitching team was winning. Then in October the best pitching team in the AL would meet the best pitching team in the NL. To win a pennant there was usually a need to have good hitting. So pre-1969 pennant winners were almost always in the top 2 or 3 in batting and pitching. Between 1969-1993 the best pitching team usually made the playoffs but was hung up now and again in the LCS. Since 1995 we have seen more average teams seeking into the playoffs and even into the final and winning the World Series. This trumps the typical assumption that “great pitching and fielding wins Championshipsâ€.

 

Upper echelon teams usually play .500 ball against other top teams regardless of their team type. When good pitching teams collapse in the playoffs it is not so much that they collapse as it is a result of the pitching or batting failing them it is having to win 11 games against 3 teams that they roughly had a .500 record against.

The strength of a teams pitching is graded on the regular season. Good pitching keeps a team competitive in the regular season pre-division format as well as now. This is for the reason that the best pitching team will rarely lose to bad hitting teams. In each league there are 3-5 bad hitting teams. This means that a good pitching team should be able to beat the bad hitting teams almost every night.




Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Our rotation right now is much to be desired but internally this could mean a very healthy battle for that 4th and 5th spot in the rotation
Um, come again? Your rotation is much to be desired? Way to brush your team's most glaring weakness under the carpet with one half-retarded comment. You guys NEED a starter. The bullpen was fine before this signing. The addition of Feliciano alone made your bullpen above average at worst, so why waste $35 mill on a glorified setup man? What good is it to have the best bullpen in the league if you don't have the staters to get to them?



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Best line up on paper in the AL?  Are you kidding me?  What type of paper, toilet paper maybe.  Not even the best line up in the east

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Lets compare to the Red Sox lineup:

LF- Brett Gardner vs. Carl Crawford - Edge Red Sox
RF- Nick Swisher vs. JD Drew- Push
2B- Robinson Cano- Dustin Pedroia- Edge Yankees
3B- Alex Rodriguez- Kevin Youkilis- Edge Yankees
1B- Mark Teixeira vs. Adrian Gonzalez- Edge Yankees
CF- Curtis Granderson vs. Jacoby Ellsbury- Edge Yankees
SS- Derek Jeter- Marco Scutaro- Edge Yankees
DH- Jorge Posada vs. David Ortiz- Edge Red Sox
C - Russell Martin vs. Jarrod Saltalamacchia- Edge Yankees

Starting pitching - Edge Red Sox
Bullpen- Edge Yankees

Yankees 7
Red Sox 3
Push 1



Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Coming from a Philly fan I wouldn't expect anything less. Lucky for you you're in the NL "Least"! Let's see Wash.,Mets,& Florida..they all suck. Atlanta's the only team in your div. that's any good. The Yanks may not have the best line up in there div. so that tells me there acomplishments are far greater than your CHOKING Phillies. With all the money the Phils spent on players you can't use the excuse the Yankees buy there titles anymore. Time will tell, but one things for certain. The Phillies will NEVER equal the YANKEES success, past & present!


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