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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: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Well my job does have a cap (police officer) and its terrible, we are only allowed 2% raises each year which isn't bad when our max pay is 116k but still.  I def. wouldn't mind having a salary cap in baseball and I wasn't the one who brought up the yankees trying to buy a ship.


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Since: Jan 14, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:16 pmScore: 92 

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: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

we are all homers for our teams lol 

its brady anderson not grady anderson suger pie lol

Jim Thome has always been a class act as far I have known and he has never been linked ands was always a hoss even back on the indians in the jake which isn't exactly bam box in philly.  yes i hated him too on the indians lol esp after they rocked us in 97 but lets be fair here.... 

thome on the indians in the late 90's was still a bopper and i think for a little he was also splitting AB's with big sexy early on.  so what he didnt hit 40 shots every year... he hit 38 in 1996 his 1st full year i think and then hit 40 the next year then he went down to the low 30's but also his games played were 120 not 150 like the 40 and 38 shot years other years.  one year he hit 47 in philly in the bam box, his 1st year there.  sometime ppl have up and down years as well.  wonder if jeter come back with a nice year how many non yankee fans will try and say he's on roids now?

and i'm pretty sure everyone knows babe ruth started on the cock socks so any idiot that actually thought someone was serious saying the babe started on the yanks needs to get out of mommy's basement and go find out what the inside of a vagina feels like. 

for all you payroll tools how bout we put a cap in baseball at the same time we cap your job as well.  and if you think its wrong for a player to be able to go to a new job and make more money then ask yourself if this.... if i offered you twice as much money to do the exact same job you currently have but instead you do it for me would you accept or would you decline because its unfair to your old employer and he cant afford to keep you... yeah thats what i thought. 

smoke em if you got em cause i'm all out




Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

SoxCrusher Babe Ruth being home grown?  Really?  He started with the Red Sox not the yankees.  You officially know nothing!
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WOW! You really need to get a life brah.......It's called sarcasm........Please take note!!!!! HAHAHHA....inferior



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

What stat did you give?  From your numbers you gave, they have better run support then 66% of the pitchers in baseball.  Also I just showed you that Oswalt averaged 5runs a start w the phillies and went 6--12 when he was w Houston, so that number is skewed because of him playing w houston, your trying to make a stat sway to your argument bc your stat is wrong.  Jim Thome doing steroids...Your stat was "He hit more during the steroid era" thats your stat?
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The stats I gave you were for the NL only fool..........So start pinching your numbers again..........



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

SoxCrusher Babe Ruth being home grown?  Really?  He started with the Red Sox not the yankees.  You officially know nothing!



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:46 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.



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Between 2000-2006 Thome hit more then 40 HR's four times.......The rest of his career? ONCE.........No weight huh?



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

What stat did you give?  From your numbers you gave, they have better run support then 66% of the pitchers in baseball.  Also I just showed you that Oswalt averaged 5runs a start w the phillies and went 6--12 when he was w Houston, so that number is skewed because of him playing w houston, your trying to make a stat sway to your argument bc your stat is wrong.  Jim Thome doing steroids...Your stat was "He hit more during the steroid era" thats your stat?



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:43 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.
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Your a blubbering idiot........You were talking about a different topic altogether........Hilarious! What's next? Babe used steroids? Babe wasnt home grown? LOL


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