Jon Heyman adds some clarity to the possibility of Rafael Soriano signing with the Yankees, something that has produced conflicting reports recently. Heyman says the Yankees interest likely hinges on Andy Pettitte. If Pettitte retires, Heyman says the Yankees “could go for Soriano.” But if Pettitte comes back for another year, the Yankees will pass.


  • If you missed our post late last night, the Rays could be close to dealing Matt Garza to the Cubs. [Rays Index]
  • In the same report, the Rangers are reportedly pursuing Rafael Soriano. [Sun-Times]
  • If the Rays can’t reach agreements on one-year deals with their arbitration-eligible players today (BJ Upton, Matt Garza, Andy Sonnanstine), the players will have their salaries determined by an arbitrator. The sides could still negotiate long-term deals, but the Rays will not do a one-year deal once arbitration figures have been submitted.
  • David Price was named the recipient of the 2010 Warren Spahn Award, given to the top left-handed pitcher in baseball. [The Heater]
  • Thought we mentioned this already, but maybe not…The White Sox are said to be interested in Rafael Soriano, but there are some concerns about whether they have any money left to spend. [MLB Trade Rumors]
  • Jon Paul Morosi tweets that the Rays “checked in” on free agent outfielder Fred Lewis, but that their interest is “extremely limited.” Lewis hit .262 with 8 home runs and 17 steals for the Blue Jays last year. [Twitter]
  • Bill Chastain writes about Justin Ruggiano’s quest for an everyday job. []




  1. phil says:

    The red sox are happy Beltre is signing with Texas because they will get their first round pick ..if the Rangers sign Soriano the rays get their first round pick and the sox will get their second round pick..go texas!

    If Texas gets Soriano too they will be the favorites in the American League over the hated sox!

    • Derek says:

      No Cliff Lee, No Vlad. I doubt they are much more than favorites to win the west, but the Durham Bulls could do that.

      • phil says:

        they have this guy named Hamilton, Cruz, Young, Kinsler, Andurus, Murphy and now Beltre..and they have a loaded bullpen….CJ Wilson, Colby Lewis, Tommy Hunter

        • Derek says:

          hmmm. Id still take the sox lineup any day. Its not really even that close. A-gon, Youk, Pedroia. Crawford. Big Papi…. tommy hunter? Colby Lewis? lol Didnt lewis suck so bad he played in Japan for a few years? How about Lester. Lets be real. The rangers have one, maybe two players in Hamilton and Cruz, that should out perform the sox. Im pretty sure the sox bullpen got a lot better with Dan the man, and Jenks. Soooooo Id say they are the clear favorites. The Rangers wouldnt have made it past us if they didnt have Lee.

          • phil says:

            Colby Lewis shut the Yankees down in the final game of the ALCS…I think he pitched into the 8th inning….Lewis and CJ wilson both pitched well in the play-offs

        • Derek says:

          Beltre has had two solid years. The rest are about average.

  2. I still don’t think MFIKY’s in the cards for the Yankees. The Yankees have largely been a little more conservative this year. I really don’t think they’re going to open the checkbook for a middle reliever.

  3. Charles says:

    I haven’t seen it mentioned here yet, but David Price won the Warren Spahn award as the best LHP in baseball. So congrats to him for that!

  4. Not only do I not want MFIKY to sign with the Yankees, i think it would be a waste of his closing talent to use him in non-save situations like the Yankees would.

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