Report: Soriano open to setup role with Yankees
The Rays realized that closer Rafael Soriano, coming off a career year in leading the league in saves, would likely land somewhere else with a big free agent payday.
But landing with the Yankees? That'd be a tough one to take.
Soriano is apparently open to a setup role with the Yankees, according to a report on ESPNNewYork.com, with agent Scott Boras saying there would be value in teaming up with closer Mariano Rivera.
"I don't think there is a team in baseball where he could be asked to be a setup guy other than the Yankees," Boras told ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand.
However, how much the Yankees are interested, or willing to pay, remains to be seen. The article speculates that the Yankees could go after Soriano if LHP Andy Pettitte decides to retire, or even if he comes back, but that the Yankees would likely have to pay Soriano closer's money even if he's in a set-up role.
Rivera signed a two-year, $30 million deal this offseason to stay with the Yankees.
It will be interesting to see where Soriano goes. According to foxsports.com, the Rangers won't pursue Soriano this offseason.
-- JOE SMITH