We heard that this was likely about a week ago, but George King of the NY Post spoke with Rafael Soriano‘s agent, Scott Boras, and said the he will not opt-out of his deal so this is about as official as it gets.
“He adjusted to the [seventh- eighth-inning] role, liked being there with Mariano [Rivera] and he adjusted to New York City,” Boras told The Post of Soriano. “The player is happy there.”
Soriano still has $25 million coming to him over the next two years and since nobody will be able to match that on the open market there is no reason for him to opt-out.
What could potentially happen is that Soriano will exercise his opt-out clause a year from now right when Mariano Rivera is retiring to get a multi-year deal to return as the Yankees closer. Although another strong year from David Robertson could put a damper on that.