Yankees add some bullpen depth by signing Soriano

A few weeks after failing to sign starter Cliff Lee, the New York Yankees went out and signed another talented free agent in relief pitcher Rafael Soriano. New York, who are the reining American League wildcard champions now have arguably the best late inning relievers in not only Soriano who had 45 saves last year for the Tampa Bay Rays but also in veteran Mariano Riveria. According to an MLB online report, Soriano and the Yankees agreed late last week to a three-year deal worth $35 million. From a fan’s perspective, it will be interesting to see how Riveria who is a New York legend and a future first ballot Hall of Famer will react to having some stiff competition for the closers role. Soriano at 31 years of age is no spring chicken. He will be bringing some impressive numbers to New York which includes, among other things, a 1.73 ERA and 57 strikeouts in nearly 63 innings. Next season the Yankees will be paying Soriano $10 million, and he has a clause that can allow him to opt out of his contract and be paid $1.5 million. In year two he will receive $11 million with again a $1.5 million opt-out clause. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stressed last week that the Yankees would not, under any circumstances, surrender a 2011 first round pick to sign a Type A free agent, but that’s just what the Yankees did in inking Soriano.


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