MLB Rumors: Rafael Soriano May Exercise Opt-Out Clause?

By Ryan Gaydos

The New York Yankees have missed the stability that Mariano Rivera, one of if not the greatest closer of all-time, brought to the team’s bullpen. This season without him has been extremely shaky between the performances of Rafael Soriano and Dave Robertson.

Even though Soriano is the team’s current closer and expected to make $14 million next season with the club, it turns out that he is mulling over the possibility of using his opt-out clause to try and lure a possible multi-year deal from another team. He may even draw a multi-year deal from the Yankees if he tries to play the field.

After suffering a season-ending injury in 2011, Soriano has bounced back well because he had to. In 60 games this season, he has 37 saves. Soriano has also recorded an ERA of 2.17 and has a K/9 ratio of 9.3. Soriano has been a vital part of the reason why the Yankees are tied for first in the American League East.

Soriano has really been great since Rivera went down only blowing three saves. The large contract he signed was a bit skeptical since he would go from the closing role with the Tampa Bay Rays to a setup role in New York.

The problem with the Yankees re-signing Soriano is the fact that the team wants to trim their payroll below the luxury tax line of $189 million. The Yankees may have to get rid of Soriano, Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano this offseason to get to that point.

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