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Free-agent closer Rafael Soriano was set to make a tidy sum of money in the 2013 season.
Soriano would have been in line to receive $14 million next season in the final year of his contract with the New York Yankees. However, he took advantage of a clause in his deal to opt out of his final year and go for the big bucks somewhere else.
Soriano took over for an injured Mariano Rivera and made the most of his opportunity, posting a 2.26 ERA with 42 saves.
The problem is, the big bucks haven't come yet. And very few teams have expressed any interest in ponying up.
Soriano's agent, Scott Boras, tried in vain to get the Detroit Tigers to bite. The Tigers didn't take the bait.
In addition to Soriano opting out of the final year of his deal, he also turned down a qualifying offer from the Yankees, meaning the team who signs him loses a draft pick.
There are still teams in need of a closer, and Soriano is just too good to be unemployed for too long.
It's entirely possible Soriano could end up with just a one-year deal at an annual value at or below what he originally turned down.
In any event, he's still sitting at home and likely scratching his head, wondering just what went wrong.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.