Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Mariano and Soriano
One of the questions the Yankees will have to answer this off season is how much money they want to give to the greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera. Last season he made $15 million but missed the vast majority of the season with a torn ACL. Prior to the injury, Rivera made every indication that he would retire at the end of the season, but since the injury, he has vowed to return. The question is, what do you pay a dominant closer, coming off an injury that has cost him an entire season? Mariano probably wants another $15 million contract, but I just don't see the Yankees giving him that (though they might because its just 1 season). Then the question turns to what you do with Soriano. Soriano can opt out, and it seems he will, which will free up $14 million that the Yankees had committed to him for next season. Mariano will be back for one season. So after 2013, who is our closer? Do we sign Soriano to another multi-year deal for closer money knowing that we will need a closer for 2014? Do we look for a closer within the organization (Dave Robertson?)? Do we sign someone else to be a closer? What do you think?