It’s Official: Soriano, Swisher & Kuroda decline qualifying offers

Hiroki Kuroda, Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano have all declined their qualifying offer thus making them free agents. Should any of the three sign elsewhere, the Yankees will get draft picks in the 2013 MLB Draft. All nine players that were offered the deals declined but only 8 of them are free agents. David Ortiz signed a two year deal with the Red Sox last week. The following players also hit the free agent market: Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, B.J Upton, Kyle Lohse and Adam LaRoche.

Josh Hamilton might be too expensive for the Yankees (although he has power and the short porch in Yankee Stadium favors him) and he also has a history with problems off the field while Michael Bourn is equivalent to Yankees OF Brett Gardner although Gardner is injury prone, BUT Gardner is more affordable than Bourn. The Yankees have decisions to make this winter. Maybe B.J Upton? Kyle Lohse? Adam LaRoche?

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About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on November 9, 2012, in Hot Stove and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. The lovely, enchanting…Delia E……good morning. Don’t be surprised, if this Yankee bilge of smoke, over salary…..does not clear, and produce a Josh Hamilton. A nuclear weapon in Yankee Stadium. A monster, waiting to join the cast. A right field porch ” Tsunami .”….I could go on.

  2. What if, and Why not?…….focus on outfield:…sign Hamilton, sign Bay, try to sign Ichiro, trade Gardner, keep Granderson, anything better?……………infield:…someone may bite on Alex,..if so,do it….swallow the pill……pitching: trade the never to happen, Yankee junk, for Dickey. He is here now, and for many knuckleball years to come…………..the rest,….. you’ve overcome the hardest part.

  3. Without being STUCK in long term contracts. a 189ish budget sounds good.

    8 players @ 1/2 mill per year
    4 players @ 2 1/2 per year
    4 players @ 5 per year
    4 players @ 10 per year
    4 players @ 20 per year
    1 player @ 25 per year

    That gives you a 25 man roster at 179 leaving 10 to fill out 40 man.

    Young folks and superstars everyone’s happy.

    Lol if only this easy

    Go Yankee’s

    • John…
      Sorry to say, nothing is easy in New York is it? If the Yanks stay under the cap, per Hals orders, the fans will be mad at Cashman (as this year) for signing guys at about $1 or $2m for one year. As a stop gap until other players are ready to step up, it is good thinking and will carry on to this year.
      Come ST of next year, we can hope we find another Jeter or Cano come up and prove he is ready and able to carry his weight with the big guys.

      • My dad says there is no way you will find another Jeter in the minors. None of them are too skinny though, so maybe they can hit hRs. The fatter they are , the better they can hit the ball?

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