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On Thursday, the New York Yankees agreed on a deal with the top remaining free agent Rafael Soriano. Soriano’s deal will annually pay him $10 million, then $11 million, then $14 million. Soriano can opt out after either of the first two years by taking $1.5 million more.
Previously, the Evil Empire had declared an unwillingness to give up a first round pick to sign anyone. Now, they’re flip-flopping on that and signing within the division. This guarantees that Boston will receive Texas’ first round pick from the Beltre signing.
Soriano will likely set up Mariano Rivera for two years, then take over the closer’s role when Mo’s career is expected to play, “Exit Sandman.” In the meantime, do you think that Mo can get 43 saves in two years to break Trevor Hoffman’s record? Not if Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford have anything to say about it.