Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday Notes: Soriano Opts Out; Yankees Provide Sandy Relief

(Photo by Newsday)
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that Rafael Soriano was very likely to opt out of his contract and test free-agency on Tuesday night. The right-handed reliever had until Wednesday at 5 PM to make his decision and he chose to opt out before 2 PM.

Could his last appearance as a Yankee been in the ALCS against the Tigers in Game 4? Possibly. The Yankees will make a qualifying offer to him by Friday's deadline, but Soriano could have plans to be a full-time closer elsewhere on a multi-year deal. Heyman goes as far as to call a four year deal.

The Yankees could offer a two-year deal if they decide to go that far into negotiations.

Mariano Rivera has not decided whether he will return in 2013, but he will be a free-agent as well. Rivera served as a mentor for Soriano in 2012, before going down with a season-ending knee injury. That was not the way he wanted to go out and could have one final year in him, before the Yankees choose to hand over the ninth inning throne.

If Soriano could take one year as a set-up man, he could get his job back as Yankees closer in the 2014 season.
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Casey McGhee has also opted to be a free-agent. Pitcher Brad Meyer was sent back to the Washington Nationals after spending the entire season on the disabled list as a Rule 5 Draft pick.
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The Yankees made a donation of $500,000 to the Hurricane relief efforts all throughout the Tri-State area. The check was made out to the Red Cross assisting all throughout New York.

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