Eighth inning reliever Rafael Soriano could opt-out of his contract after this season or next.
But why would he?
He;'s already receiving closer-like salary with a three-year deal for $35 miillion (averaging $11.6 per season) and only the Yankees seemed interested in signing him as a free agent.
So, how much more could he expect to earn elsewhere? Not much, given what some of the top closers will earn this season:
A look at the highest paid:
Mariano Rivera, Yankees: Two years, $30 million.
Francisco Cordero, Reds: $12 million.
Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox: $12 million.
Brad Lidge, Phillies: $11.5 million.
Francisco Rodriguez, Mets: $11.5 million (could make $17.5 in 2012).
Joe Nathan, Twins: $11.2 million.
Health Bell, Padres: $7.5 million.
Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers: $ 7 million.
Brian Wilson, Giants: $6.5 million.
Carlos Marmol, Cubs: three years, $20 million.
Joakim Soria, Royals: $4 million.