Yankees’ Soriano Opts Out of Contract

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As for now, the New York Yankees are without a closer. Rafael Soriano opted out of his three-year contract on Wednesday and will become a free agent.

The Yankees will wait and see if Mariano Rivera decides to come back to the team after being out most of the year with a knee injury. At the time of the injury, he said he will pitch again, but has softened that stance recently and could retire. 

Soriano would have been owed $14 million if he had stayed in his deal, but will likely not be re-signed if Rivera is to return. The right-hander saved 42 games in 45 opportunities this past season. 

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