Original post: Via Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News:
According to a source with knowledge of the Yankees’ thinking, the Bombers are “exploring” the option of signing [Rafael Soriano], the All-Star closer who pitched last year for the Rays.
With plenty of money to spare in the wake of Cliff Lee’s return to Philadelphia, the Yankees have held preliminary discussions with Scott Boras about Soriano, the source said.
“It’s all very, very preliminary,” a source familiar with the Yankees’ thinking said.
The source added that while the Yankees are willing to give Soriano more than they would have given Wood, there are limits to what they will pay.
“They don’t know where Boras is going to take this,” the source said. “They’re not going to go crazy.”
The Yankees have been hesitant to give closer money to relievers, but it makes sense that they would be willing to in this case. They’ve lost out on Bobby Jenks and appear close to losing out on Kerry Wood as well. Soriano is better than both of them though and could potentially be Mariano Rivera‘s replacement in two years.
I wonder if the Yankees missed out on Wood and Jenks because they were interested in Soriano or if they’re only interested in Soriano now. It’ll probably cost them quite a bit to sign Soriano though who is a Scott Boras client.
Soriano earned $7.25 million last season and is very likely to get a raise. I could see a three-year $36 million deal as a possibility.
So what do you think? Is this a reactionary move? Or is this the smartest thing the Yankees can do since losing out on Cliff Lee?