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.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- 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. [MLB.com]