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  1. The Tigers aren’t taking the bait yet on Rafael Soriano

    Dec 8, 2012, 4:15 PM EST

    Rafael Soriano Getty

    Despite Scott Boras’ best efforts, the Tigers still aren’t taking the bait on free agent closer Rafael Soriano. According to Chris Iott of MLive.com, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said this week that he’s pretty satisfied with the guys in his bullpen and isn’t going to add anyone unless it’s the right fit. “It would…

  2. The Yankees are checking in on Josh Hamilton

    Dec 7, 2012, 7:40 AM EST

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    Bob Nightengale tells us something interesting: The #Yankees, but not GM Brian Cashman, quietly running background check on Josh Hamilton, rival GM says — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 7, 2012   Not so quiet, eh, Bob? The most interesting part of that is the “not Brian Cashman” part. Sounds like Rafael Soriano part deux, where…

  3. Scott Boras still trying to entice Tigers on Rafael Soriano

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:06 PM EST

    Scott Boras

    With no teams showing much interest in paying $10 million per year and giving up a draft pick for a closer, agent Scott Boras is hoping the Tigers have a change of heart and bid for Rafael Soriano. MLB.com’s Jason Beck has the quotes: “I think the Tigers’ position is one where they’re trying to…

  4. Dave Dombrowski says the Tigers aren’t interested in Rafael Soriano

    Nov 29, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

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    Many have assumed that the Tigers are going to go after Rafael Soriano or some other free agent closer. They need a closer. They have the money. They’ve worked quite nicely with Scott Boras before. If they don’t go after someone they’re going to be forced to go with a rookie closer in Bruce Rondon.…

  5. The Yankees are expected to sign Mariano Rivera this week too

    Nov 27, 2012, 9:51 AM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Yankees are “optimistic” about signing a one-year deal with Mariano Rivera this week. Along with Pettitte and Ichiro, that would make the third old-timer the Yankees are supposed to lock up before the Winter Meetings. Each of the deals is defensible in and of themselves, but it is striking how…

  6. Great Moments in Scott Boras: The Rafael Soriano pitch to the Yankees

    Nov 16, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Houston Astros

    Peter Gammons heard about the pitch Rafael Soriano and Scott Boras made to the Yankees. It’s tasty: Soriano pitch to Yanks: in last 50 years no team won world series with closer 40 or older — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) November 16, 2012   If I’m Brian Cashman I come back with “we won 20 World…

  7. Collusion IV? The union is getting annoyed at ownership

    Nov 14, 2012, 9:20 AM EST

    Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner speaks at news conference to announce new collective bargaining agreement in New York

    Once upon a time, baseball owners illegally conspired to keep free agent salaries down. Then they did it again. And again. And they were busted for it, hard. Then, according to the union, they did it again, and again and again.  They were not busted for it in those instances — baseball owners are a…

  8. Yankees confident they can re-sign Pettitte, Rivera, Kuroda

    Nov 11, 2012, 11:34 AM EST

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman provides the scoop: The Yankees have faith they can make deals with pitchers Mariano Rivera, Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte — surely more faith than they can do a deal with Rafael Soriano at the moment. The Yankees expect to try to work something out with Rivera in the coming week, especially now that Soriano has rejected the $13.3-million qualifying…

  9. Basically every single free agent has declined their teams’ qualifying offers

    Nov 9, 2012, 5:41 PM EST

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    There are some still trickling in — and it’s possible I may have missed one — but it appears as though every single free agent who was given a qualifying offer by their team has declined them. Josh Hamilton, Adam LaRoche, Michael Bourn, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda, Kyle Lohse and B.J. Upton have…

  10. The Tigers are going to go with Bruce Rondon as their closer

    Nov 9, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Bruce Rondon

    Many of you are saying “who is Bruce Rondon?”  The most relevant answer to that question for you is that he’s the reason why the Tigers aren’t, according to Danny Knobler, going to be players for Rafael Soriano or any other established closer types: Tigers are not interested in Soriano. Plan to stay in-house for…

  11. Rafael Soriano, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and B.J. Upton to reject qualifying offers

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:47 PM EST

    Rafael Soriano Getty

    Those free agents who received one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offers last week must decide by 5 p.m. ET tomorrow whether to accept them. David Ortiz finalized a two-year, $26 million extension with the Red Sox earlier this week, so that leaves eight players with a decision to make: Josh Hamilton, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Hiroki…

  12. Scott Boras really thinks the Yankees should sign Rafael Soriano

    Nov 5, 2012, 10:32 AM EST

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    Scott Boras, you will not be surprised to hear, believes that the Yankees should sign Rafael Soriano. From Jon Paul Morosi’s latest: “If the Yankees didn’t sign Soriano, they wouldn’t have won the AL East,” Boras said flatly. “This is the value of depth. If the Yankees signed Soriano (after the 2010 season) when Rivera…

  13. It’s official: Mariano Rivera is coming back next year

    Nov 3, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera is coming back for another season. We heard last week that Rivera was “having second thoughts” about returning, but George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the all-time saves leader got in touch with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman yesterday to let him know that he plans to pitch…

  14. UPDATE: The Dan Haren-for-Carlos Marmol swap is not happening

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:22 PM EST

    Dan Haren AP

    UPDATE: Oh boy. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com was told by a source that the deal is off. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that Carlos Marmol would have signed off on the trade, but the Cubs pulled the deal off the table for some reason. It could be because of the money involved or the medicals…

  15. Josh Hamilton, David Ortiz among free agents to receive qualifying offers

    Nov 2, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Under the new collective bargaining agreement Type A and Type B free agent designations have been ditched in favor of teams needing to make a “qualifying offer” to free agents in order to receive compensation for their departure. Qualifying offers are basically one-year deals for the average salary of the top 125 highest-paid players, which…

  16. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    Earlier this fall I counted down the top 111 free agents of this offseason. Since then, several players have had their options picked up or contracts extended, taking them out of play.  With the free agent signing period beginning tonight, it’s a good time to update that list and count them down once again. Up first,…

  17. Randy Levine and Scott Boras disagree about the Rafael Soriano negotiations

    Oct 31, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Randy Levine

    Jon Heyman is a braver man than I am. He’s digging into what has to be a fairly miserable conversation: a dispute between Yankees President Randy Levine and Super Agent Scott Boras about money. Don’t you wish you were on the line for that kind of thing between those kinds of guys? The upshot: Levine…

  18. Rafael Soriano is going to opt out of his contract today

    Oct 31, 2012, 9:41 AM EST

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    Rafael Soriano has until tonight to opt out of his contract. We’ve known for a while that he’s likely to do so, but Jon Heyman says that, yes, it will happen today. It’s a no-brainer for him, even if he didn’t want to test the free agent market. He’s slated to make $14 million in…

  19. Rafael Soriano expected to opt out of contract with Yankees

    Oct 20, 2012, 9:31 AM EST

    Rafael Soriano Getty

    Hardly shocking news here, but Rafael Soriano is expected to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract with the Yankees and test free agency. Soriano has until three days after the World Series to decide whether to accept his $14 million option for next season or reject it and receive a $1.5 million buyout. Joel…

  20. If the Yankees weren’t doomed before, they are now

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:56 PM EST

    CC Sabathia

    No, the Yankees probably weren’t beating the Tigers four times in five days either. Still, Wednesday’s rainout made the assignment that much tougher. – Because they’re playing four games in four days, the Yankees have lost the ability to pitch Game 4 starter CC Sabathia on three days’ rest in Game 7. At best, he’ll…

  21. In bizarre fashion, Jose Valverde’s meltdown pays off for Tigers

    Oct 14, 2012, 1:27 AM EST

    Jose Valverde

    For all of the drama, Detroit pulled out Saturday’s Game 1 by a 6-4 score in 12 innings. And thanks to Jose Valverde‘s four-run ninth inning, the Tigers… – were able to extend the Yankees pen prior to Hiroki Kuroda making his first ever start on three days’ rest on Sunday. Rafael Soriano and David…

  22. CC Sabathia goes nine as Yankees beat Orioles, move on to ALCS

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:03 PM EST

    CC Sabathia

    Just as Justin Verlander pitched the Tigers past the A’s, CC Sabathia proved to be the dominant presence as the Yankees beat the Orioles 3-1 in Friday’s decisive Game 5 and advanced to the ALCS. Sabathia, coming off a win in Game 1 in which he nearly went the distance, did go nine this time…

  23. The Orioles and Yankees are headed to extras

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:48 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    There will be extra-inning baseball at Yankee Stadium for a second straight night. The Orioles and Yankees remain tied at 1-1 as we move into the top of the 10th inning. The Yankees went down in order against Darren O’Day in the bottom of the ninth. Russell Martin grounded out and Curtis Granderson flew out…

  24. Yankees edge A’s in 10, Orioles top Red Sox

    Sep 21, 2012, 10:32 PM EST

    CC Sabathia

    The Yankees and Orioles kept rolling tonight, maintaining one game of separation in the AL East. The Yankees beat the A’s 2-1 in 10 innings on a Russell Martin home run. Rafael Soriano blew a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth by serving up a home run on a slider to Brandon Moss,…

  25. David Robertson’s woes a worry for Yankees

    Sep 19, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

    David Robertson

    With Rafael Soriano and left fielder Ichiro Suzuki combining to bail him out of an eighth-inning jam, David Robertson didn’t take his fourth loss in his last 10 appearances today in the first game of a doubleheader against the Blue Jays.  He came pretty close, though. Robertson gave up hits to four of the six…

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