Yankees Rumors: Soriano Would Have to Come “Absurdly Cheap” 12

Via Buster Olney of ESPN:

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.

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12 thoughts on “Yankees Rumors: Soriano Would Have to Come “Absurdly Cheap”

  • Robert G. Kramer

    For all we know we could see Kerry Wood II in 2011, but I think it's more likely we'll see something like we saw in 2007. Either a young arm up from the farm or Joba coming back to the brilliance he showed then!

  • Susan

    They're interested, they're not interested, interested, not interested, interested, not interested. It's like a yo-yo with Soriano and the Yankees. From my view, the only interest the Yankees have these days is wanting stuff for dirt cheap. You get what you pay for and if this is how it's going to be, expect a mediocre team.

  • bob

    Since the goal of pitching is to prevent runs, I don't get why a pitcher's value is so significantly less if runs are prevented in the seventh or eighth vs the ninth inning. If a lead is not held in the eighth there is no need for a closer. Is there data showing the correlation of team winning percentage as a function of in which innings runs are given up? Seems as irrational as the notion that an outfielder has to be a better RBI man than a second baseman. Closers do have to be emotionally ready to operate under ninth inning pressure, and runs given up in the ninth -especially the bottom of the ninth – can't be recouped later . But ultimately runs are runs and if Soriano is great at not giving them up then he is valuable.

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