Let go of Alfonso, scoop up Rafael
The Yankees have agreed to a three-year, $35 million deal with reliever Rafael Soriano, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com. Soriano will be an eighth-inning setup man for longtime closer Mariano Rivera. According to a baseball official, the idea is that if Rivera retires after his two-year deal expires, Soriano, 31, will be the heir apparent at closer. In fact, Rivera in some sense chose his own successor, going to bat for Soriano with Yankees brass to convince the team to sign him, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told ESPNNewYork.com’s Wallace Matthews.
Good chess move for the long term by NYY. Every baseball fan outside of New York is desperately waiting for Rivera to retire and stop winning games, but they seem to be trying to plan for the future.