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One of the least surprising moves early this offseason was New York Yankees reliever, Rafael Soriano, opting out of the last year on his deal.
The Dodgers, Reds, Rangers or Angels appeared to be possible landing spots for Soriano, but those options seem to be gone now.
Soriano was undoubtedly looking for a two to three-year deal in the $10-$12 million range. If that were the only price to pay Soriano might have a job right now. But couple the large dollar amount with the fact that any team signing Soriano will also have to surrender a first round pick to the Yankees and the price gets even steeper. The Yankees assured themselves of this by extending Soriano a qualifying offer. The only teams that are safe from having to add the draft pick to Soriano’s price tag are teams with a top ten draft pick. If one of those teams sign Soriano, they would be responsible for giving up a second round draft pick.
The Tigers, Red Sox and Blue Jays could be the few teams that are left with any interest in paying such a steep price for Soriano.
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