Rafael Soriano is expected to reject the Yankees qualifying offer later today, but it doesn’t sound as if Yankees GM Brian Cashman is in a big rush to replace him aside from re-signing Mariano Rivera.
“I do like what we have,” Cashman told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com. “I think Joba (Chamberlain) is going to be really good for us. I think David Robertson, obviously, we already know how good he is, but I think Boone Logan has been very underrated. I think Clay Rapada was a huge addition for us. And I think David Aardsma, a former closer with Seattle, will serve us well. So do we have to replace Soriano? Hard to say. Let’s first find out if he’s not even with us, I guess.”
The Yankees bullpen was right in the middle of the pack, finishing in 7th place in the American League with a 3.43 ERA. So if they are getting Rivera back and losing Soriano they’d still be starting with a decent bullpen next year.
Remember, they have David Aardsma too and Mark Montgomery may be a member of the pen by July. So they would have Rivera closing, David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain setting up, Boone Logan and Clay Rapada (maybe Cesar Cabral) as lefty relievers and Aardsma thrown in there too. Even if David Phelps is in the rotation, Adam Warren is certainly ready to step into his old role.
The one name that intrigues me as the offseason is about to heat up is Joakim Soria. Look – the Yankees still need a replacement for Mo. It could be D-Rob, but Soria, who is coming off Tommy John Surgery, isn’t a bad option as well. He’s already expressed an interest in coming to the Yankees this offseason and being Rivera’s setup man next season. He’s definitely somebody I’d like to see the Yankees explore.