Heard this: As of 6 p.m. on Thursday, the Yankees are not interested in Rafael Soriano. They’ve seen a lot of $ squandered on set-up men. Soriano would have to make himself absurdly cheap — on a very short-term (1-year or 2-year deal) — before NYY would even consider him.
So it turns out that while the Yankees might have interest in Soriano that the interest seems very limited. Sure they would like to have him, but it seems that their stance continues to be that they won’t pay closer money for a setup-man.
I wonder if the Yankees would reconsider paying top dollar for for a setup-man if they were able to acquire him on a one or two-year deal. Especially a one-year deal where they would minimize the risk of having the deal come back to haunt you and would probably be able to make up for losing a draft pick by getting one back next year.
This does once again show that when Brian Cashman preached patience earlier this offseason that he meant it. If the Yankees get Soriano it will be on their terms. They are not going to overpay for a setup-man especially after they got one in Kerry Wood last year so cheaply.