Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Rafael Soriano To Opt Out Of Contract Today
According to Jon Heyman Yankees closer Rafael Soriano is expected to opt out of the final season of his contract with the Yankees and test the free agent closers market. The Yankees are still expected to offer him a qualifying offer and may even work out a new deal with him, especially considering Mariano Rivera's recent reluctance to come back for 2013, so Soriano may not be done in New York though. Soriano is set to make $14 million next season with a $1.5 million buy out if he decides to opt out. If he would opt out and accept the qualifying offer of $13.3 million he would basically be going around the system and getting himself a raise from $14 million to $14.8 million for doing absolutely nothing. I think the will to close and a have a multi year deal, a 4 year deal is what is being reported by "sources", will keep any of that from happening though so we shall see.