Found November 01, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
We had a moderately busy day yesterday as the winds of change in the offseason continued to swirl. Yesterday seemed to be National Option Day, with numerous options exercised, declined, and opted out of. Most of the decisions on options were pretty easy to predict coming into the offseason, but that doesn't make them any less interesting. The closer market this offseason got a little more buff after Rafael Soriano opted out of his Yankees contract, and the Royals declined Joakim Soria's option. I don't think either player will change addresses this offseason, with the Yankees being able to afford Soriano's contract demands and Soria making a statement saying that he wanted to stay in Kansas City and come back to the Royals. The Royals weren't done with just declining of Soria's option though, as they traded for Ervin Santana of the Angels after Los Angeles picked up his option by today's deadline. The Angels will look to do the same with Dan Haren, wh...

Royals decline option on Soria

Courtesy: Kansas City Royals KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the team has declined its 2013 option on right-handed pitcher Joakim Soria, making him a free agent. Soria, 28, missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on April 3. Acquired in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft on December 7, 2006, Soria...

Royals decline option on closer Joakim Soria

The Royals have declined their 2013 option on Joakim Soria after he missed all of last season because of Tommy John surgery, making the former All-Star closer a free agent. The Royals chose to exercise a $750,000 buyout clause on the right-hander Wednesday rather than the $8 million option for next season. Even though Soria is a free agent, both sides have expressed interest in...

Royals forgo Soria's option year

Right-hander Joakim Soria became a free agent Wednesday after the Kansas City Royals declined his $7.5 million contract option for 2013. The reliever missed all of the 2012 season after Tommy John elbow surgery. Soria, 28, was one of the top closers in baseball from 2007 to 2011, posting 160 saves with a 2.40 ERA.

Soria-NO! Soria-YES!

Hey, Mr. Alderson!  Need to retool your bullpen?  I’ve got your relievers right here! Twitter has been abuzz this afternoon with the news that former Yankees closer Rafael Soriano and Royals closer Joakim Soria are available for the taking, with Soriano opting out of his contract and Soria having his option declined by the Royals. As far as my own thoughts on the topic go, I...

Soriano opts out of last year of deal with Yankees

Reliever Rafael Soriano has opted out of the final year of his contract with the New York Yankees and will likely seek a long-term deal in free agency. Soriano was set to make $14 million next season. Instead, the Yankees will pay him a $1.5 million buyout. New York can make him a qualifying offer of $13.3 million. If Soriano signs with another team, the Yankees will get draft compensation...

MLB Rumors: Unlikely That Rafael Soriano Will Return To New York Yankees After Opting Out

It comes as absolutely no surprise to learn that Rafael Soriano has opted out of the final year of his contract with the New York Yankees. The fill in closer who performed admirably stepping in for Mariano Rivera had an option to opt out of the final year of his 3 year/$35 million contract he signed a couple of years ago. While it once was believed that New York would end up re-signing...

MLB Contracts Options Update: R.A. Dickey, Rafael Soriano, Luis Ayala, Travis Hafner, More

Oct 31, 3:15pm ET: With the Hot Stove already in full swing, clubs and players are engaged in exercising contract options. Here’s an update The New York Mets have exercised their club option on R.A. Dickey for 2013 at $5 million. The club continues to work on potential multi-year extensions for both Dickey and David Wright. The Baltimore Orioles have exercised their club option...

Soriano opts out of contract with Yankees

The New York Yankees might be in need of a closer after right-hander Rafael Soriano opted out of the final season of his three-year contract Wednesday. The Yankees are still awaiting word from career saves leader Mariana Rivera, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, on whether he will retire. Soriano's decision wasn't a surprise. He was expected to test the market...

Yanks' Soriano opts out of last year

Reliever Rafael Soriano opted out of the final year of a three-year, $35 million contract with the New York Yankees on Wednesday and will likely seek a long-term deal in free agency. The move was expected after the right-hander had 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA while filling in for closer Mariano Rivera this season after baseball's saves leader tore a knee ligament in early May. ...

Rafael Soriano opts out of contract, done with the Yankees?

Rafael Soriano had a tremendous season for the Yankees, piling up 42 saves with a 2.26 ERA after the great Mariano Rivera went down with a season ending injury. That injury may have earned Soriano a HUGE contract with another team. According to Rafael’s agent, Scott Boras, he can get a deal for 15 million a year for four years. Not even the greatest closer of all-time, Rivera ever...

Yanks make offers to three players

The Yankees have made qualifying offers of $13.3 million to pitchers Hiroki Kuroda and Rafael Soriano, and to right fielder Nick Swisher. If any of the three sign a major league contract with another team, New York would receive draft-pick compensation in next year's amateur draft. Under baseball's new labor contract, the qualifying offers replace the team agreeing to go...
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