Soriano is expected to decline the qualifying offer and look for a multi-year deal in free agency. - Rotoworld
“Asked whether it bothers him to not be able to pitch, Soriano threw his lineup under the bus: “I don’t think the bullpen be the problem right now. I think it be the hitters. That thing happens sometimes. Whatever we have to do, make a good game and see what happens. One of these days, everything be better.”
Given a second chance to answer essentially the same question, Soriano was asked how much it’s bothered him to miss games against Boston and Tampa Bay: “Not at all, to me,” he said. “Because in the situation, how the team looks be the situation when I’m supposed to be in the game, the eighth. Everybody see, (the team is) losing two, three runs. I don’t think it be that situation that I would be in the bullpen, that I would be in the game.””
There are plenty of questions to ask about Joe Girardi’s management last night (starting with: has anyone seen Joba Chamberlain anywhere? Someone want to check under the clubhouse sofa cushions?), including his choice to go to Soriano at the most crucial point of a one-run game (current ERA: 7.84), and, although it didn’t matter in the end, following him with Boone Logan and Buddy “Who?” Carlyle. Never trust anyone named Buddy, my mother didn’t used to tell me but probably should have.
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QUITE A RELIEF Rafael Soriano, who converted 45 of 48 save opportunities for the Tampa Bay Rays last year and was one of the top relievers in the major leagues, signed a three-year, $35 million deal with the Yankees, where he will serve as the setup man for closer Mariano Rivera. (Photo: Barton Silverman for the New York Times; caption via the Times)
Deal is thought to be for about $35 million for 3 yrs.
The deal is creative and provides for flexibility. Soriano can opt out after either 1 year or 2 years.
Soriano will serve mostly as Mariano Rivera’s apprentice for 2 years with him as the heir apparent if all goes well.