New York Yankees' free agency rumors: Joakim Soria, Russell Martin, Rafael Soriano

Joakim Soria of the Kansas City Royals. - Ed Zurga

Some New York Yankees' free agency news for a Monday.

Some New York Yankees' free agency news for a Monday, including tidbits on relief pitchers Joakim Soria and Rafael Soriano, as well as catcher Russell Martin.

Agent: Soria would set up for Mo - Yankees Blog - ESPN New York
Over his past four active years, Joakim Soria averaged nearly 36 saves, building a reputation as one of the finest young closers in the game. In the past, the Yankees have asked the Royals about Soria in trade discussions. Now, following a season off after Tommy John elbow surgery, Soria is a free agent.

Soria, just 28, would like to close, but he would be willing to go to the Yankees to learn from his idol Mariano Rivera.

"If the Yankees call, we will be all ears," Soria's agent, Oscar Suarez, said by phone Monday. "If there is a fit, Joakim would be elated to work with Mo. He would close everywhere except there."

Valentine's View: Soria, 28, missed the 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery, but was a dominant closer for the first four years of his career. With Mariano Rivera, 43, entering what will likely be his final year the Yankees should inquire.

Russell Martin, Yankees in discussions to keep free-agent catcher in pinstripes next season - NY Daily News
The Yankees have had discussions with Russell Martin’s agent about a possible return engagement in pinstripes and the free agent catcher, not surprisingly, is interested.

Valentine's View: Martin should be interested. Bringing him back is a good move for the Yankees, provided doing so does not require a long-term contract.

Rafael Soriano may return to New York Yankees despite Mariano Rivera comeback, says agent Scott Boras - NYPOST.com
Closer Mariano Rivera’s return to the Yankees takes care of the ninth inning.Yet agent Scott Boras does not believe it definitely signals the end of Rafael Soriano’s Yankees...

Valentine's View: Of course Boras thinks the Yankees should sign Soriano. But, they shouldn't. If he wanted to be a Yankee he would not have opted out of the final year of his contract. The Yankees paid him closer money once to set up, and they shouldn't do it again. Especially is someone like Soria is willing to come to the Bronx.

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