“There is a strong chance that he would have tremendous value as a free agent,” Boras told Sherman.
If Soriano does opt-out of his deal, the Yankees are expected to make the reliever a qualifying offer in order to obtain a draft pick, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Soriano has one-year and $14 million left on his deal with a $1 million buyout. So this could be just a play to get slightly more money. Think about it, he opts out and takes a $1 million buyout. Then the Yankees offer him a $13.5 million qualifying offer, he accepts it, and then pockets an extra $0.5 million.
That is unlikely though, but it’s a solid fall back option for Soriano. More likely though, he won’t have a hard time finding a multi-year contract after a strong season. Sherman points out that the Red Sox, Angels, Dodgers, Nationals and Giants could all make a play for Soriano as well as other teams.