Rafael Soriano did a fine job filling in for injured closer Mariano Rivera. The New York Yankees were able to get 42 saves out of the former closer-turned-setup man-turned closer again. Now, since the season ended and Rivera appeared ready to come back and play for the Yankees, Soriano's agent, Scott Boras, has been trying to align the 32-year old with the Detroit Tigers.
However, it seems the Tigers want nothing to do with a deal involving Soriano. The team just re-signed Anibal Sanchez to an $80 million deal, and they are not looking to add another high-priced pitcher - especially a reliever. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says Tigers' owner Mike Ilitch doesn't want Soriano.
Tigers people still fairly certain that Mike Ilitch won't be talked into Soriano. Ilitch was driving force behind $80 mill for Anibal.Soriano made $11 million in 2012, and he will likely command something similar this offseason. He has been one of the better closers/setup men in the game for a few years now. He saved 45 games for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010. He has a career 2.78 ERA and 132 saves.
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) December 15, 2012
Soriano suffered an elbow injury in 2011 and missed a large chunk of time. This past season, he remained relatively healthy. However, after the workload he was given in 2012, he may be more susceptible to injury in 2013.