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As expected, Rafael Soriano has opted out of his contract and is now a free agent.

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1 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 31, 2012 11:00 pm

Only sor-i to see 40+ saves walk out the door (potentially), but I'm never that choked up about guys who act uncomfortable here leaving.

2 JeremyM   ~  Nov 1, 2012 6:54 am

I'm still stunned that the Yanks lost 6 games in the playoffs, and not one of them was from a Soriano blown save. He did a good job, but not a $60 million/4 years type job....

3 Jon DeRosa   ~  Nov 1, 2012 8:39 am

When the contract was signed, it was hard to imagine him opting out as a bad thing.

4 knuckles   ~  Nov 1, 2012 9:01 am

At some point, post-Mo, the Yankees, as an intelligent team, are going to begin putting into practice the idea that an effective closer need not be a highly paid superstar.

There have been 90 40-save seasons since 2000.
6 of those are Mo's.
47 different pitchers.

I hope to hell Mo comes back for one more year, saves 40+ and gets a proper farewell (and another ring?), but if he doesn't, then rather than start paying $15M to Soriano, Cashman should try to start finding the next couple Storne/Kimbrel/Fuentes...

5 Dimelo   ~  Nov 1, 2012 9:30 am

Bye! Won't miss him at all. Always felt he was going to turn into Felix Heredia at some point, glad it never happened and he's taking his talents elsewhere.

6 rbj   ~  Nov 1, 2012 11:40 am

Not surprised. Good to have had him this year, but he's superfluous with Mo back. (He's coming back, right? right?)

Sori will get a 3 year, $30 million contract somewhere.

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