Yankees unlikely to re-sign Soriano

With Rafael Soriano languishing on the free agent market as teams blanch at the prospect of giving up a draft pick (or, more accurate, the signing pool money associated with that pick), there’s been an undertone in the rumor mill that his most likely landing spot for the 2013 would be back in the Bronx. I’m a little bit skeptical of that, both because I think the Yankees will be happy to wait out the market and see what pick they’ll get as compensation when Soriano inevitably signs a deal somewhere, and (more notably) because the Yankees don’t really have an opening in the bullpen with Mariano Rivera and Joba Chamberlain both healthy. That’s a sentiment apparently shared by Brian Cashman as well. “I cannot talk about players on the free-agent market,” Cashman said. “But I am not looking for bullpen help, I can tell you that.”

And before you throw out the surprise signing of Soriano back in 2011, remember that the Yankees didn’t have an elite set up man like David Robertson at the time, and at the beginning of the season Robertson was merely a nondescript middle reliever who got most of his action warming up in the bullpen. This year, they already have three solid end-of-game relievers, and spending the sort of money it would take to get Soriano to sign a one year deal just to push Joba and Robertson down the ladder again would be a colossal waste of resources.

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.

10 thoughts on “Yankees unlikely to re-sign Soriano

  1. Amen! (Unless Soriano can hit right handed and play the outfield…)

  2. mickey rivers

    thought mo could do that

  3. mscott

    ALFONSO Soriano can do both of those things (hint, hint).

    • Who says Alfonso can play the outfield? He could barely play second when we had him.

      • mscott

        Soriano 2012

        HR RBI OPS OPS+

        32 108 .821 (.831 v. LHB; .818 v. RHP)121

        Ibanez 2012

        HR RBI OPS OPS+

        19 62 .761 (.492 v. LHB; .812 v. RHP)104

        Of course this doesn't give Ibanez the credit for his stellar defensive ability…

    • Bill

      We've been there and done that. Don't think we want to go back there.

  4. Norm

    I'll bet Soriano is real, real happy with Scott Boras right now. You'd have thought, after the A-Rod debacle, that clown would have learned his lesson. Just because a player has a opt-out clause in his contract, it doesn't always mean it's in his best interest to use it. So, in all likelyhood , Soriano will sign elsewhere for less money than he would have gotten from the Yankees if he had not opted out. Less money for the player, less commission for the agent. Hell of a job, Scott! You managed to screw both yourself and your client in one fell swoop. Wow, if I had a agent like that I'd negotiate my own deals.

  5. Frank S.

    I'm not sure Joba qualifies as a "solid end-of-game reliever." He's not shown any consistency for, now, nearly 4 seasons.

  6. brian

    Once again, Yankee fans never liked Sori and were loathe to give him credit… expecting anyone to miss him is probably futile

  7. Bill

    The conclusion is correct. The Yanks have arms to handle the sixth inning forward. And Joba is probably the weakest link of that group. That being said, he's still a valuable asset. I feel bad for Soriano. And Brian isn't wrong is saying the Yankee fans never fully warmed up to the guy. He was as responsible for that first place finish as anyone. Really hope he lands on his feet somewhere. He's not a bad guy and he's certainly a talented, proven pitcher.

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