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Second-half question: Was Soriano worth it?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 11, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees don’t build teams to win in the first half. It’s nice that the Pirates are still in the playoff hunt, but being in the hunt doesn’t mean much around here. The Yankees build teams to win in the postseason, and in that sense, Rafael Soriano might still be worth the money.

Dave Robertson has emerged as a dominant setup man, and guys like Cory Wade and Luis Ayala have been a real boost, but to make the Yankees bullpen nearly as good as it seemed to be in spring training, they’ll need someone like Soriano. He’s been out since May 17, but he’s closer to a return than any other injured Yankee.

“If I had to guess who would be first it would be Soriano,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s getting to a point where we could see him in a game fairly quickly.”

Sure, the Yankees could target a reliever at the trade deadline — bullpen arms are always available — but they’ve learned the hard way that relievers are an unreliable lot. They knew that before they signed Soriano, and they certainly know that now that they have him under contract. Soriano’s a sunk cost, and he’s at least as good as anyone the Yankees could acquire.

There’s risk involved with every reliever. The Yankees have already taken a risk on Soriano. The second half is the time to actually get something out of him, or consider him this season’s worst investment.

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90 Responses to “Second-half question: Was Soriano worth it?”

  1. Patrick July 11th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Was Soriano worth it?

    I could answer that the day after he signed. NO

  2. Erin July 11th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    At this point I’m going to go ahead and say no. lol

  3. Erin July 11th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

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  4. Joe from Long Island July 11th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    We’ll find out about Soriano.

    About K-Rod (from last thread) – I betcha he doesn’t get traded. I betcha other teams find that clause in his contract ($17.5M for next year) to be prohibitive. He’s a Met for this year and next. Lucky Fred.

  5. Erin July 11th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    awwww….. :)

    teixeiramark25 @DRob30 Hey buddy, you are so deserving of the All-Star Game! Congrats and bring home a “W” for us!

  6. Giuseppe Franco July 11th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    He was worth the signing only if he returns to form and dominates the rest of the regular season and postseason.

    Otherwise….no.

    Here’s hoping he opts out at year’s end.

  7. Mell July 11th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    That’s a negative ghost rider.

  8. Bronx Jeers July 11th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    This is like a troll post. :wink:

  9. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Erin-

    Not surprised about K-Rod with Boras as his agent. Don’t suspect many contending teams need a closer at that price.

    As to the question was Soriano worth it. I guess we’ll see! What version returns -the cantankerous, whining 2010 version, or the cantankerous, whining 2011 version, who is one recurrence of elbow soreness of being shut down for the season!!

  10. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Here’s hoping he opts out at year’s end.

    GF-

    With all the FA closers on the market, he’d be taking a paycut, however I’m with you.

  11. BoJo July 11th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I was totally for the Soriano signing, with the strong hope that signing him would give Joba a chance to start. When they didn’t do that, I was lukewarm on it.

    I do think he will show value in second half and in play-offs, and will provide the insurance needed to cover for the injured Joba and also in case Mo or DRob go down. He may also play big in post-season.

    Still, I think we could have filled the spot for less money and not lost the pick…and would pass if I had to do it all over again.

  12. jackamir July 11th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I think they overpaid but I see a scenario where he could be a productive option for Girardi. No way he will opt out!!!!!!!

  13. Mell July 11th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I’m only hopeful that once healthy, Soriano will agree to pitch in games against AL East teams.

  14. Joe from Long Island July 11th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    GF – I really have no opinion about Soriano opting out after this season. Chad nails it, the second half of the year is crunch time, as is October. If he does his job during this time, then he will have done what he was brought here to do, and be considered a good investment. Next season is next season. There’s nothing to say he can’t continue to perform at a high level.

    How much of the disdain for Soriano is due to his sparkling public persona? If he was more outgoing, would opinion of him be different? Would he be more tolerable in pinstripes? Because, none of that is reason not to have him on the team. As long as he’s not toxic in the clubhouse, if he’s shutdown, then he’s worth having around.

  15. BoJo July 11th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    KRod probably will be benched or cut with 54 appearances….LOL!

    He’ll get his $3.5M payoff, and compete for a closer role for $8-9M this winter. No way he gets $17M ever again IMO.

  16. joeman July 11th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I didn’t want Soriano I was looking to add Crawford….

  17. BoJo July 11th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Mell July 11th, 2011 at 3:11 pm
    I’m only hopeful that once healthy, Soriano will agree to pitch in games against AL East teams.
    ___
    I don’t think that is in his contract.

  18. LGY July 11th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Woah. Chad pumping out the posts today.

    You sure you have enough material for 3 off days at this rate? ;)

  19. BoJo July 11th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    joeman July 11th, 2011 at 3:12 pm
    I didn’t want Soriano I was looking to add Crawford…
    ____
    Have you SEEN his ERA?!?!

  20. Patrick July 11th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I’m only hopeful that once healthy, Soriano will agree to pitch in games against AL East teams.

    Please. This is reality, not some crazy fantasy world

  21. NYYROC July 11th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    If Sori performs in the postseason he’ll be worth it, much in the same way Marte has been worth it for his 2009 contributions.
    Best nickname of 2011…for Sori… The Incredible Sulk. Not sure who coined it, but pretty funny.

  22. joeman July 11th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    # BoJo July 11th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    joeman July 11th, 2011 at 3:12 pm
    I didn’t want Soriano I was looking to add Crawford…
    ____
    Have you SEEN his ERA?!?!
    ————————-
    haven’t even seen him

  23. Mell July 11th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Woah. Chad pumping out the posts today.

    =========================

    He’s kicked a$$ today. However, “Was Soriano worth it?” leads me to believe that Chad is running out of 2nd half questions.

  24. joeman July 11th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    some sites have to stop the Bell to Yankees this season..not going to happen

  25. Nick in SF July 11th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Pretty cool that Austin Jackson Curtis Granderson is leading off the All-Star Game and starting in CF!

    Regarding Arod, the big question I have is, will he play in fewer than 130 games in the regular season? He’s missed 8 already (I think), and he will miss however many while out for the surgery and rehab… and presumably will miss a few when he gets back, with the doubleheaders and regular days off (but if he pinch-hits, that counts as a game played).

    So…. what will the final number be?

  26. ctschwink July 11th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

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    http://www.collegemagazine.com.....3000th-Hit

  27. Patrick July 11th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    He’s kicked a$$ today. However, “Was Soriano worth it?” leads me to believe that Chad is running out of 2nd half questions.

    “Is CC Sabathia a total stud?”

    “Is Brett Gardner fast?”

    “Is Kevin Youkilis a big baby?”

    plenty of tough questions still left unanswered…

  28. BoJo July 11th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    That photo of Soriano above looks like he is the one passing a kidney stone.

  29. joeman July 11th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    have a question…how much muscle will joba add by the time he arrives next ST

  30. Patrick July 11th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    So…. what will the final number be?

    Do you have money on it?

  31. LGY July 11th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    If Sori performs in the postseason he’ll be worth it, much in the same way Marte has been worth it for his 2009 contributions.

    ——

    Marte was making 4 million and didn’t cost a draft pick.

    Bojo is spot on at 3:09. He can be a valuable member of the team but no way is he worth what it took to get him.

  32. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    ” Soriano’s a sunk cost, and he’s at least as good as anyone the Yankees could acquire.”

    Chad-Your excellent posts-keep them coming. However I’m not confident with the above statement.

    I’m preaching to the choir with regards to Mike Adams, a terrific reliever for at least the last 4 years, who is arb eligible and if traded for along with the remainder of Ludwick’s 6.775 M contract, would probably cost the Yankees less in terms of prospects.

    With the remainder of this years schedule and only 5 off days plus two DH’ers the bullpen as currently constructed will be overtaxed!

  33. Patrick July 11th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    have a question…how much muscle will joba add by the time he arrives next ST

    About as much as Marlon Brando in the 80′s

  34. BoJo July 11th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    LGY July 11th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Bojo is spot on at 3:09. He can be a valuable member of the team but no way is he worth what it took to get him.
    ___

    Thanks. I still think if his presence beyond this year allows the Yankees to move a cost-contolled Joba to SP, then it may be worth it after all. It all depends on what impact he has on Joba’s role. Getting a SP pitcher like what I think Joba can be is worth more than what we paid for Soriano.

  35. GreenBeret7 July 11th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I’ll decide whether Soriano was worth it at the end of the season. If he’s top of the line in a couple of post season wins, he’s worth it. Was Marte worth it? Was Lloyd and Weathers worth it in 1996? As far as I’m concerned, money plays no part in it.

  36. Giuseppe Franco July 11th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    # Joe from Long Island July 11th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    GF – I really have no opinion about Soriano opting out after this season. Chad nails it, the second half of the year is crunch time, as is October. If he does his job during this time, then he will have done what he was brought here to do, and be considered a good investment. Next season is next season. There’s nothing to say he can’t continue to perform at a high level.

    How much of the disdain for Soriano is due to his sparkling public persona? If he was more outgoing, would opinion of him be different? Would he be more tolerable in pinstripes? Because, none of that is reason not to have him on the team. As long as he’s not toxic in the clubhouse, if he’s shutdown, then he’s worth having around.

    ——-

    You’re absolutely right – the second half is indeed crunch time. If he can essentially do what Wood did last season or even what Marte did in the 2009 postseason, Soriano would certainly have been worth it.

    Soriano’s demeanor and reputation probably has A LOT to do with the fans’ opinion of him. I have no doubt about that.

    For me, though, it doesn’t really make any difference. I don’t care if he is a teddy bear or a pit bull in the clubhouse. Admittedly, there’s probably some bias in my assessment of him because I wasn’t in favor of the decision to sign him in the first place.

  37. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    joeman-

    I’m guessing Heath Bell signs with his major league club the Red Sox as a FA, while they let Papelbon go.

    I’d be happy if the Yankees got rid of Jones and brought in a cheaper option like Reed Johnson along with the return of Kerry Wood.

  38. sammiejohnson July 11th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Giuseppe Franco July 11th, 2011 at 3:06 pm
    Here’s hoping he opts out at year’s end.

    _______________________

    The problem with his opting out is that he is still owed $25M over the next two seasons. With what he has produced so far this year, there is no possible way he would get more then that on the open market after the season. Even if he comes back and has a second half on par with his 2010 numbers, I think other teams would be reluctant to give him that kind of $. Unfortunately (or so it seems right now anyway) I think we are probably stuck with him for 2012 and most probably 2013 as well.

  39. Patrick July 11th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I’ll decide whether Soriano was worth it at the end of the season. If he’s top of the line in a couple of post season wins, he’s worth it. Was Marte worth it? Was Lloyd and Weathers worth it in 1996? As far as I’m concerned, money plays no part in it.

    Yeah that’s true I guess. Marte is pretty much worth his contract based on 2009 postseason alone. He was lights out

  40. BoJo July 11th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Yankee Trader July 11th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    With the remainder of this years schedule and only 5 off days plus two DH’ers the bullpen as currently constructed will be overtaxed!
    ____
    I think they’ll have flexibility to rotate players from SWB in as needed.

  41. West Coast Yankee Fan July 11th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Joba who?

  42. 108 stitches July 11th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    If Soriano does come back healthy he needs to have a correct attitude and forget what Cashman said about his signing. Accept the role he’s given.

  43. Bronx Jeers July 11th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    About as much as Marlon Brando in the 80?s

    ——————————————

    I read somewhere that he had padlocks on his fridge but he would have assisstants tossing Big Macs over the walls surrounding his house.

  44. Erin July 11th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    BryanHoch Cano confirms his dad will throw to him in HR derby

    :D

  45. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    GB-

    Did the Yankees win a WS with David Weathers? I agree. In order for the Soriano signing to be worth it this year he has to contribute to Yankees title #28 this year.

  46. Patrick July 11th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I read somewhere that he had padlocks on his fridge but he would have assisstants tossing Big Macs over the walls surrounding his house.

    What is Joba’s big mac tossing velocity? I think it’s down this year

  47. BoJo July 11th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan July 11th, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    Joba who?
    ____
    Here’s another question Chad can post and get a vote on….

    WCYF–Childish troll or just stupid? Cast your votes now.

  48. joeman July 11th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    # Yankee Trader July 11th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    joeman-

    I’m guessing Heath Bell signs with his major league club the Red Sox as a FA, while they let Papelbon go.

    I’d be happy if the Yankees got rid of Jones and brought in a cheaper option like Reed Johnson along with the return of Kerry Wood.
    ——————————————————
    don’t know about Bell and the Sox,Paps could stay or go but they do like Bard and his 100 mph fastball plus his $500 dime salary

  49. joeman July 11th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Sox are going to need a SS & LF next year for sure

  50. tomingeorgia July 11th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Bojo,
    Yes.

  51. joeman July 11th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    make it a RF

  52. NYJim July 11th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Someone above commented on whether Soriano was “toxic” in the clubhouse. I don’t know the answer to this, but his public personna in NY has not been one thick with warm and fuzzies. Can’t help but count our blessings that Mo has not only been superman on the mound, but also a bonifide mentor to others in the bullpen, a quiet, strong presense in the clubhouse, a team player, willing to do whatever the manager needs of him, and a genuinely nice person to boot. It seems they broke the mold with him–most of the other elite closers seem to have a real prima donna complexes…

  53. BoJo July 11th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    tomingeorgia July 11th, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    Bojo,
    Yes.
    ___
    LOL!

  54. Rich in NJ July 11th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    If Soriano turns out to be worth the contract, it will only be because, as was speculated on at MLB Trade Rumors, Mo’s triceps injury turns out to be worse than it seems, and Soriano recovers, stays healthy, and pitches to his absolute ceiling.

  55. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Bojo-

    What SWB relievers are you guessing that have options left and could really contribute during September’s pennant chase?

    Kontos, Flores, Carlyle, Whelan, Pendleton, Wordkemper, Pope, Schmidt, Kensing

  56. Giuseppe Franco July 11th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    # sammiejohnson July 11th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Giuseppe Franco July 11th, 2011 at 3:06 pm
    Here’s hoping he opts out at year’s end.

    _______________________

    The problem with his opting out is that he is still owed $25M over the next two seasons. With what he has produced so far this year, there is no possible way he would get more then that on the open market after the season. Even if he comes back and has a second half on par with his 2010 numbers, I think other teams would be reluctant to give him that kind of $. Unfortunately (or so it seems right now anyway) I think we are probably stuck with him for 2012 and most probably 2013 as well.

    ————-

    There’s still a lot of baseball left in the season.

    If he comes back and pitches like he did last season and becomes a very important piece to this team, then the first half of 2011 won’t really matter much.

    Granted, that’s probably the best case scenario. But it’s not completely unrealistic because he does have a track record of success.

    If that happens, he could opt out and hope to find a closer’s job somewhere else. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  57. blake July 11th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    With Joba out the Yankees need Soriano to be worth it in the 2nd half……whether he will or not I have no idea but there is still plenty of time for him to show his worth.

  58. Erin July 11th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Ledger_Yankees BTW I’ll jump in with Granderson. I know the rest of the beat has seen this too, but Cano is capable of putting on a laser show in BP.

  59. UnKnown July 11th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    How about using Tex at 3rd for a game here or there while A Rod is out? Throw Sado or Swish at first and get another bat in the lineup.

    Adding a corner OF with some pop is going to be easier than adding a 3rd baseman worth anything to the team.

  60. West Coast Yankee Fan July 11th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Here’s another question Chad can post and get a vote on.

    Bojo – Childish troll? Just stupid? Or was it his cat?

  61. yankeefeminista July 11th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    jnorris427 Josh Norris
    More bad news: It sounds like Nik Turley will be out a few weeks to a month with a broken hand. Took a liner off it. #Yankees

    He was pitching really well. Lefty, too. Sigh.

  62. bisonthrow July 11th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Via MLBTR… Prince Fielder open to DH role next season… would be a nice bat to add to lineup and a usable sub for Tex at first

  63. backbench July 11th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Hindsight always being what it is, you have to put the Soriano signing in context – Lee not coming to NY, Andy hanging it up, and the uncertainty surrounding what the NYYs would get on the market in terms of SP. With Garcia and Colon contributing what they have, you look back and say you could pass on Soriano.

    Given the situation at the time, it was a good call and as GB said, the $$ really don’t matter.

    If he comes back in the 2nd half and adds the back end strength to keep Freddie and Bartolo strong through the end, yes, it was worth it.

  64. GreenBeret7 July 11th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Yankee Trader July 11th, 2011 at 3:27 pm
    GB-

    Did the Yankees win a WS with David Weathers? I agree. In order for the Soriano signing to be worth it this year he has to contribute to Yankees title #28 this year.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Trader, as I remember it, both Weathers and Lloyd almost were left off of the ALDC rosters. Lloyd or Ricky Bones was compensation for getting an injured Pat Listach from Milwaukee. They were brutally bad. Somewhere, they found something, because they came up with sensational WS outings.

  65. BoJo July 11th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Yankee Trader July 11th, 2011 at 3:33 pm
    Bojo-

    What SWB relievers are you guessing that have options left and could really contribute during September’s pennant chase?

    Kontos, Flores, Carlyle, Whelan, Pendleton, Wordkemper, Pope, Schmidt, Kensing
    ___
    First, you mention September, and I would say that we should remember we can call up a lot more help then Boston or Tampa. Players like Golson, Dickerson, Laird, etc will help the bench greatly in about 6 weeks.

    As for pitchers who can be brought up, we have Nova, Mitchell, Hall, Betances, Banuelos, and perhaps Prior. I mention the 2 Bs because they may have a low enough innings count to be brought up for help. I wouldn’t put it past Cashman–regardless of whathe says.

    Third, a lot of players are always available between now and the end of year–whether through trade or waivers.

  66. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Looks like Brad Lidge will be ready to return soon. He pitched a scoreless 2 strikeout inning in todays 11 inning reading win over Trenton. Venditte took the loss 7-6.

  67. backbench July 11th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    And if Soriano comes back to take some of the 2nd half burden off of the shoulders of the 2011 All Star game winning pitcher – David Robertson – then yes, he is really worth it.

  68. Mell July 11th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Via MLBTR… Prince Fielder open to DH role next season… would be a nice bat to add to lineup and a usable sub for Tex at first

    ===========================

    Kinda doubt the Yankees will go $20M per, long term for a DH, no matter who he is.

  69. sammiejohnson July 11th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Giuseppe Franco July 11th, 2011 at 3:33 pm
    There’s still a lot of baseball left in the season.

    If he comes back and pitches like he did last season and becomes a very important piece to this team, then the first half of 2011 won’t really matter much.

    Granted, that’s probably the best case scenario. But it’s not completely unrealistic because he does have a track record of success.

    If that happens, he could opt out and hope to find a closer’s job somewhere else. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    _________________

    I am with you. It’s certainly possible, I am just not sure how probable.

    At the time of the signing I thought that this contract was a no-win situation for the FO. If he did opt-out it would mean that he had a monster season and we would not want him to opt-out. If he did not opt-out, that would mean that he had probably had a sub par season and we would be wishing he would. I am not going to go into the pros and cons of should we have signed Soriano. But it seems that the contract itself is very badly structured from the team’s pov.

  70. Mell July 11th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Looks like Brad Lidge will be ready to return soon. He pitched a scoreless 2 strikeout inning in todays 11 inning reading win over Trenton. Venditte took the loss 7-6.

    ===================

    Yikes. Thunder are in a serious funk. 9 straight in the “L” column. Never figured on that with the pitching they have down there.

  71. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Bojo-

    I’d have no problem with the Yankees putting some of their talented minor league starters in the bullpen just before September 1st so they’d be eligible for the postseason. Maybe they’ll catch lightning in a bottle like the Angels did with a young K-Rod.

  72. tyanksfan36 July 11th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Yankeefem

    Turley hadn’t been as good in Tampa as he was in Charleston. Losing that time to adjust to the league is going to mean he has to work even harder when he gets back.

    And I see Norris reported what I told you yesterday. Funny that he broke the news the day after I found out.

  73. West Coast Yankee Fan July 11th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I was all for signing Fielder and I would still like to see it – but I understand that it most likely isn’t in the cards. We are going to be sporting a revolving door DH as A-Rod, Jeter and others age.

  74. Nick in SF July 11th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I have money on Arod’s homer and RBI totals, which could be on life support.

    But the bets are No Action if he plays in fewer than 130 games. Unless he gets the totals anyway, then I would win.

    But if he plays in 130 or more and doesn’t reach the totals, I lose. :mad:

  75. bruceb July 11th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Here are some additional 2nd half questions:

    Will we ever see Eric Chavez in pinstripes again?
    Will Phil Hughes still be in the rotation come the end of the season?
    Will Derek Jeter still be hitting in the leadoff spot?
    Will the Yankees win a home game against the Red Sox this year?
    Will Jesus Montero play a Major League game in 2011?
    Will CC Sabathia win the Cy Young this year?
    Will the Yankees win the pennant, the wild card or miss the playoffs altogether?

  76. jacksquat July 11th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    On paper, no. No reliever outside of Mo is worth what he got. In general.

    But for the Yankees with their payroll, if he had pitched the entire 3 years like he pitched last year, he might have been worth it.

  77. Rich in NJ July 11th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    “And if Soriano comes back to take some of the 2nd half burden off of the shoulders of the 2011 All Star game winning pitcher – David Robertson – then yes, he is really worth it.”

    No 2nd half is worth a first round pick in a very deep draft for a setup reliever. He has to contribute far more over a longer time horizon. That’s unlikely, which is why hindsight doesn’t even factor into it.

  78. BoJo July 11th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I think ultimately that the Soriano signing will prove to be worth it if only because it will cast doubts on future Randy Levine suggestions.

  79. Erin July 11th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Yankees Curtis Granderson talks to reporters during @AllStarGame media availability … http://atmlb.com/ncdtwz

    swbyankeesTT I have confirmed that Kanekoa Texeira was re-signed by Yanks after being released.

  80. hornblower July 11th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Is that a question?

  81. yanks 27 July 11th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will not attend the All-Star Game because of “emotional and physical exhaustion” from his pursuit of 3,000 hits, according to two people with knowledge of his mindset.

    One source close to Jeter speculated that the shortstop might have reversed course if he had reached 3,000 hits earlier last week and had time to “decompress.” But Jeter had no such time; he would have had to board a flight to Phoenix after Sunday’s game, just one day after his big moment.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....ion-071111

  82. UnKnown July 11th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Karl Ravech sucking up to Poopi Ortiz during the HRD Presser. Too bad he is making the MLB Network unwatchable currently.

  83. Patrick July 11th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I don’t get why people are criticizing Jeter for not attending the all star game. These were the same people complaining that he shouldn’t have been voted into the game to begin with!

  84. LGY July 11th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    You can’t just write off the contract of every player that plays a few good games or throws a few good innings in the post season.

    Game 2 of the 09 WS is worth $82.5 according to some. Marte doing well that postseason is worth $12 million. If Sori performs in the postseason he is apparently worth his riduculous cost. And so on.

    Yankee fans seem to easily willing to write off bad contracts.

    There has to be a line somewhere.

  85. Bronx Jeers July 11th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    ===========================

    Kinda doubt the Yankees will go $20M per, long term for a DH, no matter who he is
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    They already did only his DH days are a few years away (hopefully)

    For someone who’s biggest contribution to the game is an oversized beard Brian Wilson talks a lot of smack.

  86. Erin July 11th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    New Post- Second-half question: Do you believe in Greg Golson?

    :arrow:

  87. Mell July 11th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Karl Ravech sucking up to Poopi Ortiz during the HRD Presser. Too bad he is making the MLB Network unwatchable currently

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    Hang in there. Sooner or later it will be a Yankee’s turn for a Ravech ball washing.

  88. Yankee Trader July 11th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Will we ever see Eric Chavez in pinstripes again?-YES

    Will Phil Hughes still be in the rotation come the end of the season? NO He’ll be in the bullpen for the postseason.

    Will Derek Jeter still be hitting in the leadoff spot? YES

    Will the Yankees win a home game against the Red Sox this year?-DEFINITELY

    Will Jesus Montero play a Major League game in 2011?- YES I hope it’s as a Yankee.

    Will CC Sabathia win the Cy Young this year? Hmm! I think it’ll be Verlander,

    Will the Yankees win the pennant, the wild card or miss the playoffs altogether? They’ll go all the way!!!!

  89. yankeefeminista July 11th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    tyanks, Turley was still adjusting to the bump up to A+. He has pitched under 10 innings at Tampa. Bummer for him that he is going to lose time. Hopefully, it will be more like 2 weeks than a month.

  90. j9d July 11th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    They are positively speechless. They dont know what to say. Perfect!!!

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