As expected, Rafeal Soriano has opted out of his contract, choosing to cash in on his strong season as Mariano Rivera’s ninth-inning replacement. The Yankees can still offer Soriano a qualifying contract, which would net them draft pick compensation if and when Soriano signs elsewhere.
Two other moves…
• Third baseman Casey McGehee has elected free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster.
• Rule 5 pick Brad Meyers has been returned to the Washington Nationals. He spent all season on the Yankees 60-day disabled list.