Soria interested in Yankees, but for how much?

One of the things that makes an offseason particularly interesting for a Yankees fan is that, sooner or later, basically every available player of any note is going to be tied to your team at one point or another. A big chunk of that is just mindless assumption that the Yankees will gobble up everyone without regard to whether or not it makes sense, to be sure, but another large part of it is because, at some point, every player and his agent wants to get the Yankees and other big market teams into the picture in an attempt to squeeze more money out of the market.

The latest such case comes in the form of Joakim Soria, whose agent told everyone he was willing to take a setup role to Mariano Rivera in order to play for the Yankees. Soria, a former All-Star closer who is coming off of Tommy John surgery, would presumably be seeking to fill a Rafael Soriano like role with the Yankees; adding depth to the bullpen and serving as an “insurance policy,” and perhaps heir apparent, to Rivera.

It’s not a bad idea in theory. The Yankees have a pretty strong bullpen, but an extra non-specialist for the late innings certainly wouldn’t hury them any, nor would dropping Joba Chamberlain to a more conventional middle relief role. That said, the big question will be how seriously interested Soria is in this, and by extension, how much it would cost the Yankees. If they can get Soria on a one year deal with a team option or something like that at a reasonable salary, it could be a tremendous investment if things go well. If Soria wants the same thing Soriano got, however (a top dollar relief ace contract to work a setup role), the Yankees would do well to allocate their resources elsewhere, considering that they have real holes to fill in right field, at catcher, and in their rotation at the moment.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

8 thoughts on “Soria interested in Yankees, but for how much?

  1. jay_robertson

    Not to mention the fact that Soriano had just had a very successful year in Tampa – while Soria has had a very restful year, rehabbing from surgery.

    That, plus the team needs to look at its experience with Soriano (another ace closer) and how gracefully he settled into a setup role. Its easy to SAY you'd be good setting up; its another thing to really mean it.

    Especially after reading Soria's comments that he ONLY wants to be a closer – anywhere else except with the Yankees. Um, yeah.

  2. Anders

    Everyone gets tied to the Yankees just so every agent can say "So, I was talking to the Yankees the other day" when talking to the 29 other teams.

  3. uyf1950

    Soria is only 28 years old. IF the Yankees can sign him for say $14MM total for 2 years it would be a very good signing. It would give him a chance to build up his value again after an injury filled year and give the Yankees perhaps a very good closer option for the 2014 season if needed.
    BTW, if any of us remember the comment about wanting to be a closer but would be willing to set up under Rivera that shouldn't surprise anyone. That's EXACTLY what Soriano/Boras said at the time the Yankees were interested in signing Soriano. And that's didn't work out to bad for either the Yankees or Soriano.
    As the saying goes you can never have to much pitching.

    • jay_robertson

      "And that's didn't work out to bad for either the Yankees or Soriano."

      For one of the years. I don't remember the first year going that splendidly. And Soria is coming off an injury anyway.

      Just don't tell Randy he's available.

      • uyf1950

        The 1st year Soriano was injured a bit and on the DL for a short period I believe and when he did pitch he didn't look that good. But still is there any doubt that without his performance in 2012 the Yankees would have been in serious, serious dog doo-doo in 2012, with the injuries to Robertson and Joba aside from Rivera. Like I said in my original comment for the years and dollars I mentioned it would be a worthwhile signing at least that's my opinion.
        I agree with you about keeping Levine out of the process.

  4. Hmm, do we really want to sign Soria for one year so Mo can teach him what he knows, only to see Soria take that knowledge to some other team next year? Either we lock him in as heir apparent, or we don't sign him at all. I see no advantage (for the Yankees) to anything else.

  5. Edmund_Dantes

    I'd love to believe him,and see him signed to a 2 year contract,but I'd bet good money he's only using the yankees to drive up his price.

    • Oh I believe he *would* do it, but I don’t think he’s going to pass up more money or a good shot at closing for a contending team to do it by any means.

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