The 32-year old Soriano can opt out of his current 3-year, $35 million contract with the Yankees and here are three reasons why he is likely to do just that. To bet on sports stuff yourself, check out this site.
Secondly, Soriano has proven he is a force in the ninth inning, and had no problem doing it on the biggest stage in baseball, the Bronx.
And finally, other MLB teams than the Yankees have the money to pay him.
But what might keep Soriano in the Bronx is a $14 million payday for 2013.
The Yankees are on the books to pay Soriano that much money for next season, which is certainly more than he would make for one-year of service anywhere else. My guess is offers will probably come around 3-4 years, at around $25-35 million with one cause obviously depending on the other.
If Soriano stays in New York, he could collect his $14 million, become a free agent and get a nice two-three year deal before the 2014 season. And the likelihood that team would be the Yankees is quite high.
SORIANO TO MOTOR CITY:
If you are wondering why the Tigers are so interested in Soriano, here are two:
1 – Maybe because Jose Valverde stinks. Sorry but Papa Grande’s 2011 success looks more like a fluke. Just look at the difference (refer to first table) in Valverde’s ERA, SO, ER, ERA, WHIP and SAVES over the last three years with Tigers. And than, look out his catastrophic (refer to second table) 2012 postseason stats.
2 – Second place is just the first place loser. – Dale Earnhardt.
The Tigers just got embarrassingly swept/choked in the World Series by the San Francisco Giants in their own house, which should make any team even hungrier. As the sting of losing a World Series, and the sweet taste of being that close should motivate ownership to fix what is broken. And even though ex-Yankee Phil Coke filled in beautifully for Valverde, he was the only trustworthy reliever and that is not a winning formula.
The Tigers were a big problem for the Yankees in 2011 postseason, when they lost the ALDS in 5-games in the Bronx, I was there and it hurt.
Technically the Tigers were the team to end the Yankees in the ALCS this season, but I chalk up that exit more to the Yankees inability to hit than the opponent.
Maybe you think that is a ridiculous theory but trust me my mom could have been on the bump throwing a tennis ball and Yankee hitters would have made her look CY Young worthy.
Mind you there is also the Mariano Rivera reason but that is irrelevant because no matter what Mo won’t be back in 2014. So, it would be pretty stupid for the Yankees to throw away a secure replacement for the greatest closer ever to play the game because odds are they might not find another one.