Friday, June 1, 2012
DETROIT — As the AL saves leader with Tampa Bay in 2010, Rafael Soriano received Cy Young and MVP votes and a multi-year free agent contract by the Yankees - for which he’d been reduced to a seventh-inning setup man by mid 2012.
If he seemed brooding and distant, it began with his freefall in status and his change of address.
“It is (fun) now. Because last year, I didn’t have it,” said Soriano, who is 6-for-6 since replacing the injured Mariano Rivera and David Robertson as the Yanks’ closer.
I’m glad he’s having fun, because I’m not having fun watch him allow 2 runners every inning. I guess at the end all we should care about are the results, and on that I have no qualms. I think, assuming that Soriano continues to be effective, he should remain the closer. While it’s highly unlikely anyone is stupid enough to pay him what the Yankees are paying him, it’s slightly more likely if he racks up a bunch of saves.
I also think David Robertson remaining in the setup role can be more valuable pitching out of jams. It might also keep his salary lower next year, whereas accumulating a bunch of saves could make him into an official closer who deserves to be paid $10M+. As we all know, it’s all about pinching pennies in Yankee-land now.