Yanks closer Rafael Soriano opts out of contract for free-agency
New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Closer Rafael Soriano has opted out of the last season of his three-year contract with the New York Yankees to test the free-agent market.
Soriano’s move left the Yankees without a closer as they wait on Mariano Rivera’s decision whether to return next season or leave the game for good.
Soriano’s decision came as no surprise for the Yankees as the closer’s agent, Scott Boras, has told several media outlets that he will advise his client to opt out and become a free agent.
The closer, who left $14 million at the table with his decision, can negotiate with all teams beginning Saturday.
If Rivera decides to return, the Yankees will not make a move to re-sign Soriano, who saved 42 games in 45 opportunities as replacement for the Major League saves leader since early May.
Rivera went down with a season-ending knee injury but vowed to pitch again. But last week, he informed Yankees general manager Brian Cashman that he is undecided on his future.
Without Soriano, the Yankees can offer Rivera more money to entice him to return. If Rivera retires and the Yankees don’t re-sign Soriano, New York can select from David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain and David Aardsma as the team’s next closer.