Found November 05, 2012 on
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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 agenc...
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According to the NY Times, this past Saturday New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed that star closer Mariano Riverawill return in 2013; it will be the 43-year olds 19th season in pinstripes.
New York Yankee closer Mariano Rivera before a game against the Baltimore Orioles on May 8, 2009 in Baltimore, MD. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I heard the news yesterday via the back cover...
Squawking about the state of the Yankees is the last thing on my mind this days. Squawking about the state of New York City and surrounding regions after Hurricane Sandy is what I am most focused on. Here is the latest from Staten Island:I was heartened to see that Mayor Bloomberg finally cancelled the New York City Marathon (and TheWeek.com cited this blog and the argument I made...
Abraham Lincoln once famously said “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Do you think that applies to infields, too?
The Yankees’ Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have become famous over the years first for their friendship and then for their falling out. Perhaps it has something to do with their political beliefs.
In an interview with ESPN back in September, Jeter let...
The New York Yankees have claimed off waivers right-hander David Herndon from the Toronto Blue Jays and lefty Josh Spence from the San Diego Padres.
The 27-year-old Herndon was claimed by Toronto from Philadelphia on Oct. 23. The Blue Jays then designated him for assignment Oct. 31. Herndon made five appearances for the Phillies this season before having elbow ligament-replacement...
Yesterday, some Trenton tweetybird leaked Baseball America's top 10 Yankee prospects for the coming meltdown year. You know the deal: It's the annual Yankiverse salivation-fest, where we analyze stool samples and promote the rising studs, even if other teams have far more in the pipeline than we do. In fact, this year's list has a few disturbing cracks: Two of our 10...
Joakim Soria was one of the top closers for the Kansas City Royals over the past few years, prior to missing all of the 2012 MLB season due to Tommy John surgery. Now facing a decision in free agency, Soria would like to once again establish himself as one of the elite closers in the game.
Unless, of course, the New York Yankees made a phone call. That would be an entirely different...
The big news in Yankee Universe today is that Mariano Rivera has informed General Manager Brian Cashman that he wants to come back and pitch in 2013.
This news comes just days after Rafael Soriano informed the team he is opting out of the last year of his contract to test the free agent market.
Rivera, as many know, tore the anterior cruciate ligament, or better known as his ACL...