RP Rafael Soriano remains without work despite recording 45 saves last season. You would have thought that the reliever would have had several offers and would have signed with another team by now, as relivers are always in need. However, the sticking point with Soriano is that he is a Type A free agent, and teams would have to surrender their first pick in next year’s baseball draft in order to sign him.
It was reported yesterday that the former Rays closer would have accepted a role as an 8th inning set up pitcher with the New York Yankees but GM Brian Cashman said that the Yankees will not be signing Soriano. There were rumors that he might be headed to the White Sox, but that was refuted on Twitter by FOX Sports reporter Jon Paul Morosi.
Mark Polishuk of MLB trade rumors poses the question as to whether or not Soriano could join the Los Angeles Angels.
At some point, you have to wonder if Soriano would consider taking less money and returning to the Tampa Bay Rays? It is seriously doubtful that that move would happen, but the Rays are in need of a closer for this season. The bullpen is going to be a work in progress right out of the gate at Spring Training.