Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/31/12
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 as a free agent after he replaced Rivera in May and posted 42 saves in 46 opportunities with a 2.26 ERA. Soriano was due $14 million next season as part of a three-year, $35 million contract. He will instead receive a $1.5 million buyout. Rivera, who is a free agent, told the Yankees last week that he hasn't made a decision on whether to return. ESPN.com speculated that it's unlikely the team would attempt to re-sign Soriano if Rivera comes back. But MLB.com reported that the Yankees could offer Soriano a one-year, $13.3 million contract before the Friday deadline to guarantee that they would receive draft c...
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