No big surprise, but Rafael Soriano has opted out of the final year of his three-year, $35-million contract with the Yankees and is a free agent.
What a pickle the Yankees are in at closer right now.
Mariano Rivera said last week he's not sure he's returning -- after telling beat writers in May to "write it in big letters" that he was coming back from his knee surgery. Soriano went 42 of 45 in save chances this year and the Yankees would certainly want him back if there's no Mo.
But if Rivera does return, there's no way the Yankees will pay nearly $12 million for Mr. Untuck to serve as a setup man, not when they're trying to cut the payroll to avoid luxury tax payments in 2014. At least you wouldn't think so.
(#Untuck was the Twitter hashtag that developed from Soriano closing games and ripping his shirt out at the final out, as it looks in the picture to the right.)
What do they do? They need an answer quick from Mariano and then they can move on. What do you think? Vote below.
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