Rafael Soriano will reportedly opt out of the final year of his contract on Wednesday. He's apparently seeking a four-year deal.
Soriano is set to make $14 million in 2013, but has been said to be seeking a four-year contract, says Heyman. The Yankees could put a $13.3 million counter offer by Friday, which would represent a raise for Soriano after factoring in the $1.5 million he'll receive as a result of opting out.
After saving 42 games in 45 attempts in 2012, Soriano's stock has risen considerably. He took over as the Yankees' closer after Mariano Rivera suffered a season-ending injury in May. Rivera is reportedly considering retirement, which could make the Yankees more inclined to work out a two-year deal with Soriano. While that represents a difference between what the player wants and what the team is willing to give, it at least gives the Yankees a shot at retaining Soriano, according to Heyman.