Rafael Soriano Gets Ridiculous Contract from Yankees
Whoa everybody, don't look now but the New York Yankees are throwing their money around like a bunch of crazy people. No offense to Rafael Soriano, but he is not worth roughly $12 million a year.
But apparently the Yankees believe he is. The two sides have come to terms on a three-year contract reportedly worth $35 million dollars. Upon agreeing to the deal, Soriano promptly passed out.
The right-handed closer made it clear this offseason he would accept a role as a lowly reliever with only one team -- the Yankees -- because of his "respect and admiration" for long-time closer Mariano Rivera. Obviously, Mo won't be around much longer, so Soriano may eventually have that closer's spot all to himself... or will he?
Don't get me wrong, Soriano kicks ass at what he does. He put up fabulous numbers last season, posting a minuscule 1.73 ERA over 64 appearances as the Tampa Bay Rays closer. He made $7.25 million doing so, a nice chunk of change.
And as if his American League-best 45 saves in 48 opportunities wasn't awesome enough, he's struck out an insane amount of batters over the last 138 innings: 159 of them with just 41 walks.
But more than $12 million a season for a relief pitcher? Yikes.