The Yankees are not in on Rafael Soriano right now and they even reportedly turned down a one-year offer from Scott Boras to have the 2012 season savior return.
Still, a source with knowledge of the Yankees' thinking would not completely close the door on a Soriano return, saying that the closer is not in their plans "right now."
With $10 million for Mariano Rivera as the team's closer, the Yankees would likely not give Soriano the $14 million he would have made if he had not opted out of his contract. But, if the price drops, they possibly could look at him as a bargain for eighth inning/backup closer work.
So far, though, they have said no. The Bergen Record reported the Yankees have already rejected a one-year offer from Boras. It is doubtful that Boras asked for less money when he returned to the Yankees with the proposal. If Boras eventually offered Soriano at a discount, then maybe he could find support in the upper levels of management, as he did the last time around when team president Randy Levine and owner Hal Steinbrenner spearheaded a deal.
As he was the case two years ago, Yankees GM Brian Cashman most assuredly would rather reap the benefits of the draft choice if Soriano were to sign with another club.
One solution that could please all involved -- and this purely speculative, at this point -- is a sign-and-trade with the Washington Nationals. The Yankees are interested in Michael Morse as a right-handed hitting outfielder/DH/backup first baseman. The teams could work out a deal, which would save the Nationals from losing a first-round pick, while Soriano would become the closer on a World Series contender. It could be a win, win, win situation for everyone.
QUESTION: Would you want Soriano back or do you like the sign-and-trade idea?