Former Mariner Soriano opts out of Yankees contract | Baseball notebook
Former Mariner Rafael Soriano appears poised to leave the New York Yankees, and Ervin Santana is headed to Kansas City. Soriano opted out of...
Former Mariner Rafael Soriano appears poised to leave the New York Yankees, and Ervin Santana is headed to Kansas City.
Soriano opted out of the final year of his $35 million, three-year contract Wednesday and will likely seek a long-term deal in free agency. The right-hander had 42 saves for the Yankees last season after longtime closer Mariano Rivera tore knee ligaments in early May.
Soriano was set to make $14 million next season. Instead, New York will pay him a $1.5 million buyout.
The Los Angeles Angels shipped Santana and $1 million to the Royals for minor-league reliever Brandon Sisk.
Santana was an All-Star in 2008 and threw a no-hitter in 2011, but struggled with the long ball this year. He was 9-13 with a 5.16 earned-run average and will make $13 million next year.
The Royals, however, declined their $8 million club option on closer Joakim Soria after he had elbow ligament-replacement surgery.
• Ecstatic fans crammed the streets of San Francisco for a confetti-drenched parade and rally honoring the World Series champion Giants — a Halloween treat made even sweeter as a repeat performance from 2010.
• All-Stars David Wright ($16 million), a third baseman, and former Mariners pitcher R.A. Dickey ($5 million) had their contract options picked up by the New York Mets.
• The Baltimore Orioles exercised their $1 million option on right-handed reliever Luis Ayala but declined an $11 million option on first baseman Mark Reynolds.
• The Cleveland Indians exercised their $5.75 million option on pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and declined their options on designated hitter Travis Hafner ($13 million) and pitcher Roberto Hernandez ($6 million).
• The Toronto Blue Jays exercised their $3 million option on left-handed reliever Darren Oliver and signed outfielder Rajai Davis to a $2.5 million contract.
• Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick became a free agent after declining his contract option for $5 million next season.
• The Tampa Bay Rays exercised contract options on pitcher James Shields ($9.5 million), closer Fernando Rodney ($2.5 million) and catcher Jose Molina ($1.5 million). The team declined its $6 million option on designated hitter Luke Scott.