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.