Saturday, January 1, 2011
Report: Yankees Not Interested in Soriano
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are not interested in signing former Rays closer Rafael Soriano.
The Yankees already have the greatest closer of all time in Mariano Rivera, so Soriano would fill the role as eighth inning set-up man. While the Yankees pockets are always deep, they don't seem to be interested in paying their set-up man $10M a year. Soriano is reportedly looking for a contract around 3 years $30M contract.
The wire on Soriano has been eerily quiet this offseason. Most baseball insiders figured he would be among the hottest commodities available during the Hot Stove season. With the Yankees publicly declaring their lack of interest, I'm having a hard time finding a clear market for Soriano's services. The Angels, Blue Jays, Marlins, and possibly the Rangers (if Neftali Feliz moves to the rotation) could be in the market for a closer, but none have indicated they have anything more than a casual interest in the right-handed reliever.
Soriano would be a tremendous addition to any bullpen. In 2010, he went 3-2 with a 1.73 ERA (2.81 FIP), 45 saves in 48 chances, an impressive 57/14 K/BB ratio, and provided 1.6 fWAR.