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08:10 AM ET 11.06 | Joakim Soria may finally wind up in pinstripes. Over his past four active years, [Soria] averaged nearly 36 saves, building a reputation as one of the finest young closers in the game. In the past, the Yankees have asked the Royals about Soria in trade discussions. Now, following a season off after Tommy John elbow surgery, Soria is a free agent. Soria, just 28, would like to close, but he would be willing to go to the Yankees to learn from his idol Mariano Rivera. "If the Yankees call, we will be all ears," Soria's agent, Oscar Suarez, said by phone Monday. "If there is a fit, Joakim would be elated to work with Mo. He would close everywhere except there." Suarez said Yankees GM Brian Cashman has yet to inquire.

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November 6, 2012  08:29 AM ET

Make this happen, Cash. Low risk, potential high reward and Soria is still young.

November 6, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Maybe Mr. Agent the Yanks seen the red flag come up when the Royals release your client.

November 6, 2012  09:12 AM ET

sign him quick and let Soriano go---too expensive

November 6, 2012  09:25 AM ET

yeah this guy would be a huge help to the yanks if he can regain his form......I like the idea

November 6, 2012  09:53 AM ET

stating the obvious...what agent wouldn't listen to the yankees? When you hear yankees you think green

November 6, 2012  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

sign him quick and let Soriano go---too expensive

Soriano is a FA.

November 6, 2012  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Soriano is a FA.

... and will command a bloated salary in FA.

November 6, 2012  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Soriano is a FA.

Almost but not quite yet....he has until Friday to accept/reject the Yankees' qualifying offer.

November 6, 2012  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

... and will command a bloated salary in FA.

Indeed.

November 6, 2012  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Indeed.

Most likely a one year deal.

November 6, 2012  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Almost but not quite yet....he has until Friday to accept/reject the Yankees' qualifying offer.

Nice to have options. Soriano was pretty solid for us but perhaps we can get a guy that will be just as effective or almost as effective for less salary.

November 6, 2012  11:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Most likely a one year deal.

If Soriano is interested in a one year deal, he should accept the Yankees' qualifying offer.

I hope he does not.

There are plenty of teams that need a closer right now. He will get at least 3 years from someone. Detroit comes to mind.

November 6, 2012  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Nice to have options. Soriano was pretty solid for us but perhaps we can get a guy that will be just as effective or almost as effective for less salary.

Like David Robertson? I totally agree.

I know this is blasphemy, but I think Mo should ride off into the sunset. Between Soriano and Mo, that frees up $30 mil to address other problems.

November 6, 2012  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Like David Robertson? I totally agree. I know this is blasphemy, but I think Mo should ride off into the sunset. Between Soriano and Mo, that frees up $30 mil to address other problems.

Yeah, I think you're right because Mo has nothing left to prove, but he's 43 and sat out almost an entire season and he's expensive. Robertson could be the man once he got settled in at that spot.

November 6, 2012  11:30 AM ET

Soria is actually playing this intelligently. If Rivera comes back, he has one, maybe two years left. Any closer in the game should see this as a chance to succeed the greatest closer in the greatest market in all of sports.

November 6, 2012  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Yeah, I think you're right because Mo has nothing left to prove, but he's 43 and sat out almost an entire season and he's expensive. Robertson could be the man once he got settled in at that spot.

If the Yankees learned anything from watching the Daniel Bard disaster, they should leave him right where he is. 8th inning guy. He seemed to have a little trouble in the closing role, maybe he doesn't have what it takes mentally to close.

November 6, 2012  11:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

If Soriano is interested in a one year deal, he should accept the Yankees' qualifying offer. I hope he does not.There are plenty of teams that need a closer right now. He will get at least 3 years from someone. Detroit comes to mind.

sorry, I ment Soria with the one year deal. Soriano will want at least 3.

November 6, 2012  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

sorry, I ment Soria with the one year deal. Soriano will want at least 3.

That's funny. I have been mixing up Soria and Soriano, too.

November 6, 2012  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

That's funny. I have been mixing up Soria and Soriano, too.

I'd bet if they let Soriano go and signed Soria, most Yankee fans would think it's still the same guy from last year.

 
November 6, 2012  12:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

If the Yankees learned anything from watching the Daniel Bard disaster, they should leave him right where he is. 8th inning guy. He seemed to have a little trouble in the closing role, maybe he doesn't have what it takes mentally to close.

You may very well be right. That said, I believe Robertson got the save opp only three times before he was injured and Soriano took over.

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