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Jan 14 – Bolstering the Bullpen: Yanks Ink Rafael Soriano to a 3-year Deal

The Bridge to Mo is Set, At Least for 2011

(New York, NY) – The Bombers have beefed up the bullpen by adding Rafael Soriano.  He was a 45-save closer for Tampa last year and brings a 1.73 ERA and should be a very strong bridge to Mariano this year. At $35 Million we hope so.  However the Yanks did give up a first-round pick and Soriano has players options to leave both after the 2011 and 2012 season.  Assuming he stays put he will take over as the closer of the future in 2013 when Mo’s contract expires.  Do you think that will happen?  Cast your vote or comment.

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3 Responses

  1. Garcia and Colon have been picked up this week as well. Garcia, if injuries are behind him- he did pitch entire year last year, could be a hell of a back of rotation guy for the Yanks.

    As for Soriano- I mostly agree with Brendan. I think the price, the salary + the draft pick, was too high for the reliever but in Rivera’s entire tenure here- have the Yanks ever had a guy so prepared to step in if something were to happen to Mo? Rivera’s health has been remarkable but Soriano is one hell of an insurance policy on a team that is still built to win now despite its pitching worries at the moment.

  2. The Yankees rotation need help from a strong bullpen because the third to fifth you don’t know what you get from A.J. Burnett, Sergio Mitre and Ivan Nova at this moment.

  3. this move is baffling on many levels…number 1 is the financial ramifications…the yankees now have 2 of the highest paid RP’s in MLB…we are currently paying our set up man more than most teams are paying their closers…number 2…the yankees have now given up first first round pick in the 2011 draft to division rival Tampa Bay…add to that the fact that the Rays are a very good scouting and development team and you have given up a ton of money, a good young player (2011 first rounder), for 1 season of set up work (soriano can opt out of the deal after 2011 and 2012)..
    i like the player, and think he will pitch well for the yanks this season, but i dont like this move…

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