Just to review, here's how Rafael Soriano's Yankee career has gone to date:
- Signed a 3-year/$35 million deal on January 13, 2011, chock full of opt out clauses.
- Reported to Spring Training in February, acts like a dick, refuses to pitch against AL East teams
- Put up a 5.40/4.96/5.94 ERA/FIP/xFIP tripleslash in 16 outings, with his only 1-2-3 inning being on Opening Day, before being shut down with elbow problems.
- Threw his teammates under the bus when asked about how it felt to not be pitching against division rivals on May 16.
- Was put on the DL, retroactive to May 14, on May 18 because of the continued elbow problems.
- Went for an MRI yesterday, got bad results, and is now scheduled to go visit Dr. James Andrews for the elbow, signifying the likelihood of a significant injury and a significant chunk of time to be missed, at the very least.
Not exactly the type of resume that would inspire YES to start putting together Raffy's "Yankeeography." You can trace the history back to January and find that I have, admittedly gone back and forth on how I felt about the Soriano signing. Those feelings have obviously transitioned exclusively to the negative side since the guy actually started pitching in pinstripes, and I'm not going to waste any more time talking about how awful he's been or stating the obvious point that the deal looks terrible now that he's gotten hurt and could be out for the year. I will just refer back to Cash's comments during Soriano's introductory press conference:
"I didn't recommend it [the deal], just because I didn't think it was an efficient way to allocate the remaining resources we have...
... It's all the other stuff wrapped around the deal, the money, allocating closer type money to an eighth-inning guy, those type of things."
And this is why Brian Cashman should be making the baseball decisions and Hank and Randy Levine should just stay up in their offices and make stupid statements to the press. Cash knew what the risks and downsides of this signing were, Hank and Randy ignored them. Cash knows what he's doing, these other 2 don't. Now the Yanks might be on the hook for a big chunk of money next year if Soriano is done for the year.
In Cash we trust.