Just a few days earlier, I’d been on the phone with Brian Cashman, who very publicly and very adamantly said he would not give up a draft pick to sign any available Type-A free agent. That included Rafael Soriano.
No way was it going to happen. We all needed to move on.
January 13 started as another day of waiting for Andy Pettitte to make a decision. Andruw Jones was clearly on the Yankees radar, but he hadn’t signed yet, and another fairly quiet day seemed to be coming to an end when I walked down the street to get a sandwich (such is the excitement of my life).
But, the Yankees had made their offseason splash.
Soriano’s presence still helps make this one of the best bullpens — if not the very best bullpen — in baseball. Was it a bad signing? Could be. Soriano wasn’t worth that much money last season, and his contract certainly isn’t helping the Yankees sign a starter this offseason, but we’ll have to wait for final judgment.
For now, I guess the lesson learned is that you just never know. Just a few days ago, there was absolutely no reason to believe the Yankees were anywhere close to doing anything.
But then again, we thought the same thing when this day started exactly one year ago.
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