UPDATE: According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Rafael Soriano is now scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.
4:52 PM: The decision to sign Rafael Soriano to a three-year, $35 million contract keeps looking worse and worse for the Yankees.
First he struggled out of the gates, then he was sidelined by elbow soreness, and now after taking some time off to rest the injury Soriano experienced more pain and Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he’s been “shut down indefinitely.”
Soriano played catch Sunday and afterward manager Joe Girardi expressed some optimism that he could come off the disabled list by the end of the week, but according to Hoch he’s now headed for another MRI exam.
Soriano, who saved 45 games with a 1.73 ERA for the Rays last season but had a lengthy injury history early in his career, is making $10 million this season and his unique contract essentially includes player options for $11 million in 2012 and $14 million in 2013.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Aaron Judge has agreed to return to the New York Yankees on a $360 million, nine-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday because the deal had not been announced.
Judge will earn $40 million per season, the highest average annual payout for a position player. The contract trails only Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels and Mookie Betts’ $365 million pact with the Los Angeles Dodgers for biggest in baseball history.
Judge was offered a long-term deal by New York before last season that was worth $213.5 million over seven years from 2023-29. But he turned it down in the hours before opening day in April.
The 6-foot-7 Judge bet on himself — and won.
Judge set an American League record with 62 homers in 2022, powering the Yankees to the AL East title. He also tied for the major league lead with 131 RBIs and just missed a Triple Crown with a .311 batting average.
New York was swept by Houston in the AL Championship Series, but Judge became the first AL MVP for the Yankees since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.
Judge, 30, was selected by New York in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft and made his big league debut in 2016, homering in his first at-bat.
A year later, he was one of baseball’s breakout stars. He hit .284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs in 2017, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. The four-time All-Star has 220 homers and 497 RBIs in seven big league seasons.