Point/Counterpoint with Rafael SorianoBy
Soriano pitch to Yanks: in last 50 years no team won world series with closer 40 or older
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) November 16, 2012
In the last 50 years, no team has won the World Series with Rafael Soriano
— Sam Miller (@SamMillerBP) November 16, 2012
I’m not trying to pick on Gammons here, more like trying to poke a hole in Scott Boras’ logic. The Yankees reportedly have some interest in bringing Rafael Soriano back on a two-year deal to help their bullpen, but his camp doesn’t need to use Mariano Rivera‘s age to prove their point. We all know Rivera, who is coming off major knee surgery, will open next year at age 43 and is more of a liability now than every before. The Yankees know this as well as anyone, which is why they’re likely looking into other free agent relievers in case Soriano gets his money elsewhere.
And, for the record, Mo was 24 days away from his 40th birthday on the day the Yankees won the 2009 World Series.