Found November 05, 2012 on hardballchat.com:
Once Rafael Soriano officially opted out of the final year of his contract, leaving over $12 million on the table, many people felt as if he immediately became the top closer available on the open market this free agency season. After watching how poorly Jose Valverde performed for the Detroit Tigers throughout the 2012 MLB Postseason, it became even more evident that Soriano would opt out in an effort to cash in this offseason. But does that mean that teams should line up to offer big money and potentially overspend to sign Soriano? Sure, he was arguably the New York Yankees’ savior in 2012 once Mariano Rivera went down with a season ending injury, but does that mean that we should all forget about how he is more than a bit injury prone? Regardless, we all know that this is Major League Baseball. Closers are hard to come by and, because of that, are often paid quite handsomely, if not overpaid. Look at what the Philadelphia Phillies gave Jonathan Papelbon at the start of free agency last offseason. Soriano could reap the rewards this winter. Here is a look at 5 MLB teams who could overspend to sign Soriano, although that does not necessarily mean that they should. 5. New York Yankees – When it comes to overspending, how can you not put the Yankees on this list? It is rumored that Soriano is seeking a four year deal worth roughly $60 million. Mariano Rivera has reportedly told the Yankees that he wants to come back to pitch in 2013. If healthy, it would most likely be his final year, meaning that New York will still need to find a closer to replace the all-time saves leader. But should it be Soriano? He was great last season – as a closer. He would not be the closer in 2013. He has not performed nearly as well in his career as anything but a closer. I also don’t see the Yankees giving Soriano a four year deal. To me, it is time for New York to start spending a bit more fiscally responsible and saying no to Soriano is the first step. 4. Milwaukee Brewers – The Brewers blew 29 saves in 2012. They score runs, so taking leads late into games should not be a problem. They could also use another starter, but finding a more reliable closer is a must. I am not sure if they would pay that much for any closer, but, if they decide that is their top priority entering this offseason, Soriano is the most likely candidate for the Brew Crew. 3. Los Angeles Angels – They already got rid of Ervin Santana and his big contract for 2013. They were close to trading Dan Haren as well, but their deal with the Chicago Cubs fell through. That is not to say that Haren may not be soon moved, but it just won’t happen yet or take place with the Cubs. They still are quite motivated to move his contract this offseason. That could free up enough space for them to sin Soriano, as Ernesto Frieri did not exactly finish last season quite as well as he had started. Blowing 22 saves will never endear yourself to any team. 2. Washington Nationals – They would not give Soriano the years or the amount of money he is seeking. But if time went on and Soriano remained unsigned, the Nats could bite. After watching how the bullpen cost them advancing in the playoffs, they may not wish to stick with Drew Storen as their closer. Soriano would be an upgrade, although not at his current asking price. 1. Detroit Tigers – I am not saying that the Tigers are the favorites to sign Soriano, but one could see why they may. Jose Valverde was awful toward the end of last season and throughout the entire playoffs for Detroit. Simply put, there is no way that the Tigers could ever consider bringing him back. Unless they are content to go forward with Phil Coke or Al Alburquerque as their next closer, they are going to need someone. We have also seen that the Tigers are all-in to win right now, meaning that money may be no object to the Tigers looking to get closer to finally win the World Series. After all, money makes a team do strange things. So does getting swept in the World Series.   The post MLB Rumors: 5 Teams Who Could Overspend To Sign Rafael Soriano appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.
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