(He's actually smiling! I would be too if I was looking at getting another huge deal)
Get your grain of salt ready, considering the source, but Jon Heyman reported yesterday that Rafael Soriano is considering opting out of the final year of his contract after this season.
"There is a good chance Rafael Soriano will invoke his opt-out clause following a season in which he has been a savior for the Yankees, people familiar with the situation say."
Can't really say I blame Raffy if he does make that decision. $14 mil is a lot of money to walk away from, but Soriano has had a monster year (2.14 ERA, 2.83 FIP, 9.31 K/9 in 59.0 IP, 38-41 in save opps) and there are going to be some deep-pocketed teams in the market for a closer. He capitalized on his big year in Tampa to get this Yankee contract, why wouldn't he do the same thing after this season?
And from the Yankees' standpoint they really wouldn't be dead in the water without Soriano. They'll likely get Mo back next season, they'll still have D-Rob, Joba, Boone Logan, and Aardsma out there, and they could use part of that extra $14 mil to fill any leftover bullpen holes. If Soriano wants to test the FA waters, let him. Make him a qualifying offer and when the Dodgers throw 3 years/$48 mil at him, take the extra draft pick and walk away.