The RAB Radio Show: January 14, 2011

Olney: Yankees tried a sign-and-trade for Balfour
Olney: Soriano deal was ownership-driven

With the Rafael Soriano signing in the books, Mike and I examine the move from both the near and far perspectives. There are plenty of aspects to consider, so we’re not short on words.

This deal has implications that stretch further than the bullpen. We go over those, which, as you might imagine, include Joba.

Podcast run time 27:17

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Olney: Yankees tried a sign-and-trade for Balfour
Olney: Soriano deal was ownership-driven
  • mike

    No matter how good he does, I don’t think he’ll opt out that was a Boras ploy. Atleast it wasn’t a 4yr/$54mil contract.

    Aceves is the best long man in all of MLB. Sign him to a minor league deal, have him begin in extended Spring Training, then give him some AA/AAA innings then call him up by May.

    I totally can see a Wandy Rodriguez for Joba trade coming soon.

    • Steve H

      I think he will opt-out if he’s healthy. Boras clients always opt out, and they always end up richer.

      • Mike Axisa

        It’s not just Boras clients. Every time a player has had an opt out clause in the history of baseball, they’ve used it. Of course the history of opt out clauses isn’t very long.

        • Slugger27

          of course they do, its an awesome deal for the player

        • bexarama

          Didn’t Posada not use his after 2004, or something?

          • Slugger27

            thats true, but he probably should have

          • Mike HC

            And we are hoping, and CC tells us, that CC will not opt out after this season.

            Plus, opt outs in every year of a 3 year deal is rare. Who knows what he will do, and Boras and Soriano obviously wanted to keep their options open, but the odds of him opting out after the first year seems slim, to me. Now that 2nd opt out is another story.

            • Slugger27

              i like the opt outs for both sides. in the first year, if he stays healthy and pitches really well, then its a no-lose situation for the yankees. if he opts out, they got a shutdown reliever for 1/11 and 2 draft picks… if he doesnt opt out, they have a shutdown reliever on a 2 year deal right around or under market value.

              obviously, the downside to the deal is if he gets injured and we’re stuck for the whole $35M without the performance to back it up, but thats a risk with EVERY signing

  • Chris

    You guys are all crazy for dissing thre Soriano signing. The most likely scenario is the Yankees pay $11.5 million for one year of outstanding setup work and then recoup 2 high draft picks next year after he opts out. If Soriano pitches as well in 2011 as he had the last few years, of course Boras is going to have him opt out so in the end this will just amount to a 1 year deal.

    • The Real JobaWockeeZ

      His track record consists of two good years. He’s an injury risk and rather inconsistent.

      • Chris

        That’s totally wrong. The only time he hasn’t been excellent was when he’s been injured. He’s been healthy for 4 of the last 5 years and there’s no reason to think he won’t be healthy for one more year of around 70 innings. All we need is one more year similar to the last 2 and they’ll get 2 high draft picks back and will have been a much better team in 2011 all for $11.5 million. Boras will have him opt out and get him another 3 year deal with someone else next year. Win win all the way around.