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  1. I could be an asshole and point out a typo, but I won’t tell you about the part where you wrote, “Soriano is not the only worthwhile reliever on the outside looking in, as teammates Grant Balfour and Grant Balfour remain . . . ”

    And if that isn’t a typo, I think you have the topic for your next story.

    Comment by camisadelgolf — January 12, 2011 @ 8:13 am

  2. Cloned himself to make more money

    Comment by Erik H — January 12, 2011 @ 8:17 am

  3. Rich Lederer of Baseball Analysts is a fat fucking scumbag.

    Comment by Turbot — January 12, 2011 @ 8:32 am

  4. You realize that you made way more of an ass of yourself saying it like that, right? You could’ve just made a joke or politely pointed it out.

    Comment by Patrick — January 12, 2011 @ 8:38 am

  5. Rafael Soriano’s 2011: Quest for teh Goldz

    Comment by Chad — January 12, 2011 @ 8:57 am

  6. What? What is wrong with you? This isn’t even his SITE. Why on earth do you DO this? No one else cares.

    Comment by Patrick — January 12, 2011 @ 8:58 am

  7. He’s probably been banned from the comments section there.

    Comment by Not David — January 12, 2011 @ 9:07 am

  8. Patrick you’ve made two comments, and criticized two different people – shut the fuck up.

    Comment by Jargal — January 12, 2011 @ 9:15 am

  9. Hey kettle, it’s the pot. You’re black.

    Comment by DL80 — January 12, 2011 @ 9:25 am

  10. Actually, no I’m not DL80. I didn’t criticize two different people for no reason – I criticized the one guy who is trying to make it like he’s the site’s policeman.

    Comment by Jargal — January 12, 2011 @ 9:30 am

  11. How is it Soriano’s fault that he isn’t playing the offseason game well? Isn’t that his agent’s job?

    It’s not like he’s making outrageous demands, like refusing to settle for anything less than a 3/$60 contract or something. He wants a multiyear deal for a good annual salary, but his demands aren’t out of line with his numbers last year or the market for bullpen help this year.

    What puzzles me even further is that you start out your column indicating that Soriano does not have the offseason “skill” and implicitly blaming him for his lack of offers thus far; however, you conclude in the end that Boras might be at fault for misjudging the market. So…whose fault is it? Soriano’s or Boras’s? Or both? You never come out and say directly, just imply different things at different places in the column.

    Comment by Heather — January 12, 2011 @ 9:42 am

  12. I can’t understand why an over-30 player in a niche position would sign up with Boras after the Damon debacle last year.

    Comment by Tom B — January 12, 2011 @ 9:56 am

  13. @Patrick
    Yes, I do. It was fun.

    Comment by camisadelgolf — January 12, 2011 @ 10:32 am

  14. Because Boras gets the goldz

    Comment by Chad — January 12, 2011 @ 10:41 am

  15. Actually Patrick rightfully responded to the guy who for no reason called Rich Lederer a “fat fucking scumbag”. If you think that is criticizing for no reason there is something seriously wrong with you.

    Comment by Horace — January 12, 2011 @ 11:24 am

  16. Tampa should re-sign him on a one year deal and next year closer jobs should open up. I think Papelbon, Rodney, and Lidge will all be leaving their teams, and Ryan Franklin as well. That’s four teams who’d be willing to spend money on a big time closer, as long as he has another good season.

    Comment by Pat — January 12, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

  17. There are quite a few teams out there that need upgrades to overcome some intra-division foes. There is not much left out in the market, so Soriano may still have a 3/30 contract out there waiting for him.

    Comment by Kampfer — January 12, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

  18. Not sure about that. The Angels have Walden and Jepsen who could move into the role, the Sox have Bard and Jenks, and the Phillies seem an unlikely team to throw a lot of money at a closer given how high their payroll already is. As for the Cardinals…I think we all know what free agent they’ll be focusing on.

    Comment by Sean — January 12, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

  19. The A’s have money leftover from Iwa-fail-kuma, if he’s serious about not caring about his role, he’d be an unreal setup man for Bailey and make the A’s pen untouchable.

    Comment by PL — January 12, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

  20. @Jargal please keep it classy and ignore it, or vote it down if you dont like it.

    Comment by PL — January 12, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

  21. Feature request guys — maybe there’s already a WP plugin for it.

    Can we get a button that says “ignore this guy forever”? I would really like to banish about half the commenters I see on FG from ever appearing for me. It’s only getting worse as you get more reach, and ESPN sends more single digit IQ “people” over.

    Comment by Travis L — January 12, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

  22. I second that.

    Comment by Marcus — January 12, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

  23. What source has said the Yankees have interest?

    The only thing I have seen is Boras stating that he would accept a setup role for the Yankees…. people seem to be re-interpreting that as the Yankees have interest or even interpreting that to mean Boras was saying the Yankees have interest (which is not what he was saying).

    Comment by Hank — January 12, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

  24. I think he will still get good money, but the real question will be whether or not he will close or not.

    Comment by givejonadollar — January 12, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

  25. Um, it worked pretty well for Jayson Werth.

    Comment by John Bourke — January 12, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

  26. This is why i dont understand why the red sox dont sign him. dont understand the jenks deal unless drive up the cost for yankees. so what if bard ends up being the closer after paps leaves. the duo of soriano and bard is awesome. who cares who makes what? winning those close games matters if you make it or not. remember the nasty boys of the 90 reds? lead after 6 and its over.

    Comment by greg oldham — January 12, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

  27. Adam Rubin is a piece of shit.He just had his media friends make it look like he was right. Adam Rubin doesn’t deserve a job in baseball.

    Comment by Omar Minaya — January 13, 2011 @ 1:43 am

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    Comment by sdgsdr — January 13, 2011 @ 7:16 am

  29. Well it looks like he just got 3 years and $35 million from the Yankees. As a NYY fan I do not like this…

    Comment by Joltin' Joe — January 13, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

  30. Well PL, I’m hoping you can agree with me when I say that 3/35 is too much for the A’s to pay.

    Comment by Danmay — January 13, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

  31. Scott Boras wins again, why do we ever doubt him.

    Soriano 3/35
    Beltre 6/96
    Werth 7/126

    Comment by Danmay — January 13, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

  32. Yankees for three years. Notice how it bumps to 14 mill for year 3 when Rivera should be retired. Makes that pen pretty unstoppable, on paper.

    Comment by KRAM — January 14, 2011 @ 10:32 am

  33. Your choice of words just shows your true lack of knowledge of the English language. Are you using these words to be coloful? It’s not working! What is showing is your ignorance not only of the english language but of baseballl Next i=time try harder.

    Comment by Barry Hersh — January 17, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

  34. Good advise, now try taking it yourself.

    Comment by Barry Hersh — January 17, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

  35. I cannot visualize a world of people with such a limited vocabularly that all they can due is curse. I would hate to see something really wrong and see the kind of response that would draw.

    You can speak without using profanity can’t you? If not then follow an old indian trueism. It’s better to say nothing and thought to be stupid than to open one’s mouth and prove that you are.

    Comment by Barry Hersh — January 17, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

  36. And anothe english major speaks out.

    Comment by Barry Hersh — January 17, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

  37. Ya do gotta give some credit.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — January 17, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

  38. Just to know what it feels like to be in the NYY’s position, one of these days I’m going to load up my wallet with “Monopoly Money” and go shopping at Best Buy.

    Among other things, I’m getting a 62-inch flatscreen for the shower.

    *grin*

    Comment by CircleChange11 — January 17, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

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