|Closer Rafael Soriano opts out of Yankees contract||10.31.12 at 1:58 pm ET|
Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano, who recorded 42 saves this season as a fill-in for injured closer Mariano Rivera, has opted out of his contract, the team announced Wednesday. Soriano was due $14 million next season but took a $1.5 million buyout instead.
The Yankees are expected to make a $13.3 million qualifying offer to Soriano by Friday in order to make themselves eligible to receive draft-pick compensation should he sign elsewhere.
Following a mediocre season in his first year in New York in 2011, when he had a 2-3 record, two saves and a 4.12 ERA in 39 1/3 innings, Soriano rebounded in 2012 to record a 2-1 record with 42 saves in 45 chances and a 2.26 ERA, with 69 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings.
Soriano is believed to be seeking a four-year deal, while the Yankees are said to be planning on offering two years.
|Yankees reportedly place A.J. Burnett, Jorge Posada on trade waivers||08.03.11 at 10:40 am ET|
The Yankees placed A.J. Burnett, Rafael Soriano and Jorge Posada on trade waivers Tuesday, according to the New York Post.
This does not mean that any of the three will be traded. They are eligible to be claimed by teams within 48 hours. If more than one team puts a claim in for the same player, the team with the lower winning percentage would be allowed to discuss a trade with the Yankees. The Yankees can also pull back a player, but if they put that player on waivers again the player goes to the team that makes the claim.
Burnett is owed $49.5 million over the next three seasons and Soriano a combined $25 million over the next two seasons.
|Yankees shut down Rafael Soriano||05.24.11 at 5:41 pm ET|
Rafael Soriano was expected to return to the mound this week after being placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury on May 17. However, the right-hander had to stop his Monday bullpen session early, and he had an MRI on Tuesday.
“I’m more concerned now,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought we’d have him getting ready to go on a rehab assignment soon. But that doesn’t seem to be the case now.”
The Yankees made the 31-year-old Soriano the sixth-highest-paid reliever in major league history with a $35 million contract this past winter, but the former Rays closer has responded by surrendering nine runs in just 15 innings. Soriano gave up only 12 runs in all of 2010 with Tampa Bay, when he had 45 saves.
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees’ Rafael Soriano apologizes for skipping out on media||04.07.11 at 7:40 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 12:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NBA: Celtics at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ New Yankees setup man Rafael Soriano apologized to the media for not talking after struggling in Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to the Twins. Soriano said Yankees management told him through his agent, Scott Boras, that he needs to be accessible in the future. The free agent signee who has a questionable reputation — as Peter Gammons explained on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday — said he was so upset after costing CC Sabathia a win that he didn’t even answer the phone when his mother called from the Dominican Republic.
♦ The Dodgers and Giants, longtime rivals, are working together to avoid a repeat of the incident that left a Dodgers fan in the hospital with a brain injury. The Dodgers have hired for Los Angeles (and Boston) police chief William Bratton to help with security. In The Los Angeles Times, T.J. Simers writes that many fans have contacted him to say they don’t feel safe at Dodger Stadium.
♦ At Wednesday’s press conference to announce the hiring of new basketball coach Mark Gottfried, NC State athletic director Kay Yow took a shot at Maryland coach Gary Williams. Yow, the former Maryland AD, said Williams “tried to sabotage the search” in response to a question about whether she is difficult to work with. Williams denied being in contact with any prospective coach or athletic director.
♦ While the Celtics have been struggling lately, the Thunder have developed a new level of intensity thanks to Kendrick Perkins, writes Jenni Carlson in The Oklahoman.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 7, 1986, which Red Sox player got a memorable season off to a fast start with a home run off Tigers ace Jack Morris on the first pitch of Opening Day?
|Yankees GM Brian Cashman expresses disapproval with Rafael Soriano signing||01.19.11 at 6:48 pm ET|
Earlier this week, the Yankees signed former Rays closer Rafael Soriano to be the setup man in the Yankees bullpen for longtime closer Mariano Rivera. On Wednesday, general manager Brian Cashman said that he did not approve of the signing, because it made no sense to pay the amount of money typically given to a closer for a setup man, ESPN reports.
“I didn’t recommend [the deal],” Cashman said after the team introduced Soriano as their designated “eighth-inning man.” Cashman said that his feelings are not against the 31-year-old reliever, but the fact that he would have preferred a more patient approach when considering the $200 million payroll.
Team president Randy Levine said that the club is running a $5 billion business, and there is a “sacred obligation” to the organization’s fans. Levine did the majority of negotiations with Soriano’s agent, Scott Boras. The deal the two sides agreed on is for three years, worth $35 million that includes player opt-outs after each of the first two seasons.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he considers Soriano his eighth-inning closer, and Rivera his ninth-inning closer.
Levine and Cashman both dismissed the idea of any potential rifts within the organization’s front office.
|Report: Brian Cashman overruled by Steinbrenners on Rafael Soriano signing||01.15.11 at 4:01 pm ET|
According to a report in the New York Daily News, Hank and Hal Steinbrenner overruled Yankees general manager Brian Cashman on the decision to sign reliever Rafael Soriano to a three-year contract that could be worth up to $35 million.
According to the report, Cashman wanted to keep the team’s first round draft pick rather than sign Soriano, but the Steinbrenners were “bothered by Cashman’s blueprint.”
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