Tuesday, December 15, 2015


The New York Yankees bullpen has taken a hit this offseason and especially during the winter meetings with the trades of Adam Warren and Justin Wilson. Brian Cashman has a plan and he states that he is far from done building the 2016 team, will that team include a former Yankees All-Star in Rafael Soriano?

Soriano, now 35-years old, was one of many management-driven signings by the New York Yankees in recent years and it's one of the few that actually worked out for the club. Soriano struggled in his first season as the team's 7th inning man but excelled as the closer during the year that Mariano Rivera missed with a torn ACL in his knee while shagging fly balls in Kansas City. Soriano went 4-4 in 2012 with a 2.94 ERA and 42 saves for the Yankees team that went all the way to the American League Championship Series. It's been all downhill from there.

Soriano went to Washington to close games for the Washington Nationals for the next two seasons and never truly had the same success he had closing games in the Bronx. Soriano signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs and pitched in just six games before calling it a season and hitting the free agency market once again. Could that bring him back to New York?

We don't know, and we don't know if it would be on a minor league deal or a Major League deal. You know what I say, there is no such thing as a bad minor league deal. If Soriano will sign one, bring him back and stash him in Triple-A with an opt-out date. If he wants a Major League deal I'm not quite sure I'd be comfortable with that.

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