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Joakim Soria wants to close

Jul 28, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

After my post about Joakim Soria’s no-trade clause keeping him from the Yankees yesterday, many of you responded with “sure, but wouldn’t he want the chance to play on a winner? That would trump the saves!”  Answer: no it wouldn’t. Jon Paul Morosi:

Soria’s $6 million contract option for 2012 will vest automatically with 55 games finished in 2011. But it’s hard to finish that many games if you’re not the closer. That’s why his no-trade clause offers him protection for deals to several teams that have veteran closers.

Those clubs, according to a major league source, are the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Phillies, Cardinals and Cubs.

Frankly, I think he’d have a better chance of it vesting with the Phillies than anywhere given Brad Lidge’s adventures, but the point remains: Soria needs to close for his options to vest. In addition to the 2012 option, he has an $8 million in 2013 and an $8.75 million option for 2014.

Sure, there’s an argument that he could do better than that, but that’s only if he remains an elite closer, isn’t it? And if he falls off at all from elite closer status, there won’t be any $22 million deals out there for him, I’d presume.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jul 28, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Mariano goes into non-save situations. KRod doesn’t. One is on a winning team. The other keeps his “terms of contract”.

  2. Preston - Jul 28, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    One has a half-decent manager; one doesn’t. One plays on a team with a $213 million dollar payroll (and intelligent GM); one doesn’t. How many more of these contrasts do you want me to list?

  3. Benny Blanco - Jul 29, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Thats not true. K-Rod has pitched in many non-saves situations the last one being on this past weds to get work in. Im not comparing the two, just saying your statement is incorrect.
    Maybe you should change your name to MethaterLen. Seems more appropriate…

  4. BC - Jul 29, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    If the Yankees threw a 3 or 4 year extension his way at say, $9 mil per year, he’d be in pinstripes tomorrow. Mariano has this year and maybe next left and then it’s bye bye.

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