Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Yankees would rather have the draft pick and the draft slot dollars than Soriano no matter how cheap the deal becomes. That does make sense as their bullpen is pretty much set without him and under the new CBA rules that extra draft money can provide the Yankees with a ton of flexibility when it comes to signing players.
Soriano opted out of the final year of a three-year deal this offseason worth $14 million in an attempt to get more money and years elsewhere and it seems to have backfired on him. Boras thought he’d be able to get big money out of the Tigers, but they seem reluctant to spend big money on a closer and seem to prefer Brian Wilson over Soriano if they do spend. The Nationals are also looking for a closer and could be a potential fit, but at this point it seems hard to imagine Soriano getting an offer that would justify walking away from $14 million.
Soriano saved the Yankees’ bullpen last year with a 2.26 ERA, a 9.2 K/9 and a 3.2 BB/9 performance over 69 games. Not only was he there when Rivera got hurt, but he helped the Yankees when David Robertson was ineffective as well. Despite that, $14 million is quite a lot for the Yankees to spend on a setup man so they were glad he walked away from the final year of the deal.