Posted January 16, 2013 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Ex-Yankee Soriano Signed by the Nationals!

“I knew he was going to end up somewhere,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “We were never on him. We offered the qualifying offer, but since that time, we never had any dialogue with him whatsoever.” – nydailynews

Yankee reliever Rafael Soriano has been picked up (off free-agency) by the Washington Nationals on a two-year contract worth $28 Million! Earlier in the off-season, Soriano rejected the Yankees qualifying offer of $13.3 Million, so it was no surprise he would be picked up (off free-agency) by another team! The Yankees liked what Soriano had done in 2012, saving 43 games while Mo sat out with a torn ACL, but didn’t have enuff cap room to sign the hefty reliever!

Also, with the new MLB CBA, teams are allowed draft picks when players reject qualifying offers and get signed by other teams! Nick Swisher was another Yankee that rejected the qualifying offer and skipped town! As of right now, the Yankees own the No. 27 (original draft choice), as well as No. 31 and No. 32 picks in the June draft!