Maybe I’m Psychic?

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Well? I did predict unequivocally that the Yankees would sign Rafael Soriano despite Cashman’s statement that he would not give up a draft pick, didn’t I? Yes, I did. On January 8th, I wrote:
“I predict that the Yanks will, indeed, end up signing Rafael Soriano….Despite Cashman’s comments about staying “in-house” for the eighth inning and trying to avoid an expensive LaTroy Hawkins/Kyle Farnsworth-type flop, Soriano is no Hawkins/Farnsworth. He’d fit the bill just fine.”

Now the deal is reportedly done and Soriano will be in pinstripes after all. Is it a perfect signing? No deal is perfect. We lose the draft pick. We risk being stuck with a guy who’s been injured. We paid (or, rather, overpaid). And, according to Paul Lebowitz, we’re getting a reliever who “gacks up” big games. But I’m happy right now. Cashman is alive and well and taking action, as opposed to watching every available player land with another team. Our bullpen will be stronger with Soriano than without him. He gives Girardi more flexibility as a bridge to Mo or even as a substitute for Mo (God needs his rest too). It’s not our money, it’s the Steinbrenners’. And maybe this Hot Stove move will lead to others, just like when I shop online for one item and end up buying way more.


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17 Comments

Congratulations! As far as the price goes, this season, overpaying for free agents is the new black. The only alternative is no free agents and I don’t think that’s a very good alternative, would that my team’s GM felt the same way, LOL.
– Kristen
http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

You called it all right, well played!

—Mark Gauthier

http://cubden.mlblogs.com/

Well, guess this proves that something is better than nothing…. right? We’ll see.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

You have to believe that the Soriano signing enhances the chances for Andy Pettitte’s return. At 38, he can go 5-6 innings and then turn the game over to the pen with confidence. It is a great situation for him. I would be very excited for the Yankees to retain Pettitte, and sign maybe Jeff Francis and Andruw Jones.

Scott
http://fotr.mlblogs.com

Thanks for the shout-out Jane.
I doubt you’ll like my nickname for Soriano though.
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Love that line, Kristen! (“Overpaying is the new black.” HAHAHA.) Are you having free agent envy? I know this has been a hard off-season for you, but it’s not over yet. If we could sign somebody, there’s hope for the Angels.

Thanks, Mark!

I really think something IS better than nothing, Jeff. Unless Soriano flips into Chan Ho Park mode and turns out to have run out of gas, I think he can only help the Yankees.

I don’t follow your logic, Scott. What does signing Soriano have to do with Pettitte? You think he’ll come back suddenly because the Yankees signed a setup guy? Just my opinion, but I don’t think that has anything to do with his decision (or non-decision, as the case may be).

Uh-oh, Paul. I’m not sure I want to see what your nickname for Soriano is. In fact, I’m sure of it.

Oh, Kay…some Good News at last!
Back when the Braves had that Philly-like rotation, they used to call them Cy Young, Cy Old, Cy Present and Cy Future. But we Yank fans have someone better now — Ms. She-Fan, alias Cy KICK!!
Now let’s just hope that our New Soriano isn’t New York-phobic, a la Javy Krishna — and that our “muddle” relievers can GET him into enough games!! But we’ll cross that bridge…
Very curious what Renegade has to say. I feel for him, too…so glad they did win a pennant (beatin’ back the SAWX, no less) and tasted the World Series, because like the O’s, and Jays, it can be a v-e-r-y long time in-between…

Jane,
Did you see happen to see pictures of Don Mattingly at the Los Angeles Kings game last night? It was Dodger Pride night. He looks good (check my pics) I am excited about the Dodger season no matter what and we are having wonderful weather. Spring is in the air!
Emma
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I don’t think Soriano will be NY-phobic, Dave. Just a hunch. From what I’ve read he has a pretty high opinion of himself, so let’s see what he can do. The only thing that worries me – and Renegade can confirm or refute this – is that he refused to pitch more than one inning and Joe Madden was not amused. If true, he’ll soon learn that there are no prima donnas allowed on the Yankees.

I didn’t see the pics of Mattingly, Emma, but I’ll check out your site and take a look. Yes, the weather here is glorious – finally.

So the Angels need scoring, Kristen? I heard they might bring Vlad back as the DH?

Free agent envy? That’s a good line too and oh yes, boy do I ever have that, LOL. Not so much for Soriano though. He’s fantastic, clearly, and sure to be a boon to the Yankees. He just would not have been the right fit for the Angels when they have so many non-pitching problems that haven’t been addressed…doesn’t really matter who’s closing if the Angels can’t outscore the other team in the first place.
– Kristen
http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

I think there are two things, aside from money and family, that are the most important to Pettitte….1) Winning, and 2) His legacy…particularly as a Yankee. Adding Soriano to the pen clearly upgrades a good bullpen to potentially a great one. If that has the potential to a) help the Yankees win, and b) would give additional reassurance to Pettitte about the guys who will have his back, it can’t help but enhance the pros as Andy considers the pros and cons to returning. That’s my point. Hey, c’mon, I’ll take anything at this point. I don’t want to go to camp with Mitre penciled in at #5. One factor I hadn’t really considered about the Soriano signing is the $ impact on luxury tax/revenue sharing. The Yankees are paying a very high price for a single inning pitcher. I think I read that the additional costs would push the contract from $35 million if Soriano stays all 3 years to $49 million. That’s a lot of money for a 31 year old reliever! Oh well, it’s now time to find that viable starter and a 4th outfielder…

Scott
http://fotr.mlblogs.com

I think the Yanks made a good signing with Soriano. They will have (and need) a solid pen.
http://wrigleyregular.mlblogs.com/

I see your point now, Scott, but I honestly don’t think Pettitte’s issue is about whether the Yankees will field a winning team. He knows they’ll be contenders. I just feel he’s not ready for the grind of spring training and the time and effort it’ll take to get in shape. Much easier to stay home. And who knows. Maybe the Clemens thing does have something to do with it. Yes, a lot of money for a one-inning pitcher but apparently the front office really, really wanted Soriano and overruled Cashman, so they can’t be all that worried about the luxury tax.

I agree, russelw. The pen is much more solid with Soriano aboard.

I agree…who knows. I also agree that the Clemens factor is playing into it. Andy is too much of a professional to want a distraction interfere with the team. And, yes, the Soriano signing would appear to have Hank Steinbrenner’s fingerprints all over it!

Scott
http://fotr.mlblogs.com

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