Joakim Soria reportedly interested in Yankees
According to a report from ESPN, free agent pitcher Joakim Soria is interested in pitching for the Yankees–but not as the closer. He instead would like to be the set-up man to 42 year-old closer Mariano Rivera. Soria’s agent Oscar Suarez confirms Soria’s interest.
“If the Yankees call, we’ll be all ears.” Suarez said in an ESPN phone interview on Monday. “If there is a fit, Joakim would be elated to work with Mo. He would close everywhere except there.”
However, Soria won’t be able to pitch until May of the 2013 season while other reports say he won’t be ready until June. Rivera has always spoken highly of Soria and most likely would love to tutor the young pitcher.
“Joakim’s not a greedy individual.” Suarez added. “He wants to win so if it’s the right situation he’s probably not going to be a guy to wait until February.”
Soria at one point had the Yankees on his no-trade clause with his past contract in Kansas City but it wasn’t due to him not wanting to pitch in the Bronx. It was more strategic reasons. Soria seems optimistic about wanting to join the Yankees. Why don’t the Yankees return the favor and give him a call. You never can have too much pitching.