Ah… another day in Yankees Universe, as more disappointing news just keeps on coming.
The Washington Post reports that Soriano will be pocketing $28 million over the next two-seasons with a vesting option for a third. And let me tell you Soriano will earn every penny, as the guy is that good and will be a difference maker down in DC.
The Nationals were clearly not happy with their quick departure from the 2012 NLDS, thanks to the bullpen having a meltdown. So by adding Soriano, the Nationals ownership is sending a clear-cut message that they want to win now. And trust me when I say having Soriano will pay in dividends, as he is a winner and could be the icing on cake to get the franchise its first World Series championship.
And I can safely speak for most Yankee fans when I say that without Soriano’s consistency, fearlessness and dominance in 2012, the Yankees would not have survived at all.
Soriano made 42 saves in 46 attempts in Mo’s absence, posting a 2.26 ERA, with 69 strikeouts over 67.2 innings pitched. He has held opposing batters to a .217 batting average, and allowed just six homers all season—in very hitting friendly Yankee Stadium. And keep in mind that Soriano closed his first game in New York on May 10th.
The bottom line is that I can guarantee you the Yankees will be sorry they let Soriano walk, as replacing Mo at the end of the season, or God forbid during it, is not going to be an easy chore. Soriano made the transition in the biggest spotlight, under immeasurable pressure without a hitch. And in the words of Washington Post reporter Thomas Boswell this proves to Nationals fans that they are all in, which translates to me that the Yankees are not.
Now all I can say to Nationals fans is get ready to UNTUCK.
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— Nathan Martin (@nathanmart) January 15, 2013
Leaving the Yankees... for a BETTER chance of winning World Series. Also, DOGS AND CATS, LIVING TOGETHER!! #soriano— The Natidude (@TheNatidude) January 16, 2013
Rafael Soriano is the cherry on the Sundae.....Nationals now the favorites to win the 2013 World Series #Congrats— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) January 15, 2013