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Rafael Soriano Opts Out Of Final Year With Yankees

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Rafael Soriano #29 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the game on September 13, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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You couldn’t have asked someone to do more than Rafael Soriano did this season, filling in for the injured Mariano Rivera, but now Soriano is asking for more money – opting out of the final year of his contract his with the Yankees.

After the all-times saves leader tore up his knee shagging fly balls before a game in Kansas City in May, Soriano moved up from the setup role when it appeared David Robertson wasn’t quite ready for the closer’s role.

Soriano saved 42 games in 46 chances this season, finishing with a 2.78 ERA.

He was due a whopping $14 million dollars in 2013, and while he did earn his $11 million keep in 2012, consider his overall deal of three years and $35 million was signed with the intent of Soriano being a setup man, not a closer.

The only reliever making more than that was Rivera ($15 million).

The Yankees will likely be looking for new late inning man, be it a closer or setup man, as Rivera is now indicating that he may not make a comeback tour, but retire instead.

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