Rumor: Soriano will also decline his qualifying offer

It’s already expected that Nick Swisher will decline his qualifying offer before the deadline at 5:00 p.m. tonight and it look like Rafael Soriano will join him.

Soriano is expected to decline the $13.3 million offer, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. This doesn’t necessarily put an end to his Yankees career, but it does severely threaten it.

Soriano, of course, opted out of the final year of a three-year, $35 million deal that would have paid him $14 million next year. The Yankees have been open to negotiating another deal with him, but seemed upset when they said his agent, Scott Boras, wanted a four-year, $60 million deal to re-sign. They’re still open to a deal although with Mariano Rivera expected back, they suggest that they won’t offer him closer money to return.

When Soriano (and Swisher) sign elsewhere, the Yankees will get a sandwich pick in the middle of the 1st and 2nd rounds of next year’s draft.

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