Update: Swisher & Soriano will decline qualifying offer


8:31pm: Mark Feinsand says Nick Swisher will decline the qualifying offer as well, which again is not surprising. Feinsand says five teams have already showed serious interest in signing him, including the Rangers and Mariners.

7:38pm: As expected, Rafael Soriano will decline the team’s qualifying offer before tomorrow’s deadline according to Jon Heyman. If and when he signs elsewhere, the Yankees will receive a supplemental first round draft pick as compensation. Nick Swisher is also expected to decline while there’s an outside chance Hiroki Kuroda accepts. I hope he does.

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  1. JobaWockeeZ says:

    What a gift.

    • anon says:

      The news about MFIKY, Swish, or both?

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Getting out of Soriano’s contract. Swisher declining helps but is expected and isn’t a gift. Plus him signing it would have been a lot better.

        • forensic says:

          Eh, it’s only one year left. It’s not hard to fathom how Soriano could be more valuable than whatever is replacing that $13 million, especially with Mo still being old and coming off a very serious injury.

  2. So long Nick “Swishahitless”.

  3. MB923 says:

    Later Swisher, thank you for 2009-2012 in the regular season

    Later Soriano, thank you for filling in for Mo this year and helping us take the AL East.

  4. MB923 says:

    This new draft rule and system are still kind of confusing to me. Assuming they both go elsewhere, is that back to back picks for the Yankees in that sandwich round?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Yep. The Yankees will have the final picks of that round, it’s just a question of it’ll be one pick, back-to-back picks, or back-to-back-to-back picks.

      • MB923 says:

        But if Adam LaRoche rejects his qualifying offer and signs elsewhere, wouldn’t the Yankees get picks before the Nationals, since the Nationals finished with a better record than the Yankees?

        I just read the sandwich round order is by reverse standings.

  5. Slappy McWaterbug says:

    Why the fuck would Kuroda want to go to the Red Sox?

  6. Hoss says:

    Swisher should sign with the Mets. He can remain in NY and never have to worry about not performing in the postseason.

  7. Joe R says:

    Thanks for the service Nick. Good luck wherever you go.

  8. Wayne says:

    Are we going to sign Cody Ross and lose our first pick. I really hope we don’t. Give melky Mesa a chance and You know who from aa.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      Cody Ross didn’t get a qualifying offer. They wouldn’t lose a pick if they did sign him.

    • forensic says:

      There isn’t a single mention of Ross and the Yankees even on MLBTR, who reports ANYTHING regarding this stuff, so no idea where that came from.

      If Mesa had performed better than he did at AAA (hell, even at AA which was somewhat unimpressive), then maybe, but really no chance now.

      Given the above points, I’m probably happy that I don’t know who ‘you know who from aa’ is. It’s pretty hard to make a serious case for just about anyone from that team (offensively, and specifically OF, which is what I assume you’re going for).

  9. Another Bronx Dynasty says:

    Interesting thougt Mets getting rid of Bay & sign Swisher. Great fit in Queens, stays in NY, moves to NL… except that Stadium would hurt his HR production. He would be personality plus with the Mets & we can all see him in NY. Queens faithful would love him.

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