Brian Cashman said it at his press conference – if Rafael Soriano gets hurt the Yankees would be stuck with his contract, but if he has a good year he’ll leave and go somewhere else for more money.
Well it looks like Soriano is going to leave and go somewhere else for more money as
Scott Boras Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has reported that he will opt-out of his deal at the end of this season.
It makes sense as Soriano will have just one year and $14 million left on his deal after this, but after notching 40 saves this season could very likely land a bigger, multi-year deal elsewhere.
If he does opt-out that almost certainly means an end to Soriano’s days in Pinstripes. First of all, he’s going to want a multi-year deal and with the team’s goal of getting under $189 million payroll by 2014 they won’t want to dole out an obscene amount to a reliever. On top of that there is Mariano Rivera who is expected to return next year. Now that Soriano has the taste of being a closer in his mouth once again it is unlikely he will be willing to go back to being a setup man, a role that did not suit his personality.