This news is truly shocking: The man who represents one of the bigger names on the free agent market says his client is willing to play for the little ole New York Yankees.
“If the Yankees call, we will be all ears,” Joakin Soria’s agent, Oscar Suarez, told ESPN New York. “If there is a fit, Joakim would be elated to work with Mo. He would close everywhere except there.”
Suarez says the Yankees haven’t come calling, but general manager Brian Cashman has made it pretty clear in the past that he checks with just about everyone. It’s all part of his “wide net” during the offseason.
Would Soria make sense for the Yankees? Sure. There’s enough bullpen depth in place that the Yankees could take a short-term chance on a guy coming back from Tommy John surgery. They’ve already done that with David Aardsma, and Soria is young enough to think there could be a real long-term upside.
But as with anything else, the price would have to be right. The Yankees gave Rafael Soriano closer money to be a setup man, but it’s hard to imagine them doing the same with Soria.
• If you’re curious, I checked with a Yankees source today and new catcher Eli Whiteside is out of options. If he’s going to end up in the minors, Whiteside will have to clear waivers at some point. The fact the Yankees were able to claim him means he nearly cleared waivers this time.
• Ken Rosenthal notes that the Yankees have kept an eye on former Braves backup catcher David Ross. He’s about to turn 36 years old, and he’s only once had as many as 250 at-bats in a season, but he’s hit .269/.353/.463 the past four years. In a thin catching market, Ross is one of the best options available.
• Buster Olney notes that the Padres have talked about a multi-year deal with Chase Headley, who’s been a regular in Yankees trade rumors and speculation.
• Yahoo! Sports reports that Melky Cabrera’s agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, have been cleared of any wrongdoing in Cabrera’s steroid suspension and the botched cover-up attempt.
• Finally, AP sports writer Dennis Waszak’s first-hand account of his encounter with Superstorm Sandy. Awful to read and hear stories like this.
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