Will Rafael Soriano Be a Problem for the Yankees?

Bernadette PasleyContributor IJanuary 17, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Pitcher Rafael Soriano #29 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws against the Texas Rangers during game 4 of the ALDS at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Bill Madden of the New York Daily News is reporting that Rafael Soriano has a bad attitude and "was hated by almost everyone in Tampa Bay last year."  Madden says Soriano didn't like being brought into games in non-save situations or having to pitch more than one inning in a game.

Will this be a problem for the Yankees, or will Soriano toe the line for the Yankees like so many other troubled players have done once they put on the pinstripes?

We'll have to wait and see, of course. But it looks like the Yankees have prepared themselves for the worst just in case, by giving Soriano two opt-out clauses and by not giving him a no-trade clause. If he opts out, they'll get their draft pick back. If they want to trade him, it can be to any team.

Hopefully his three-year deal will be a successful one, free of opt-outs and trades.

Good luck, Rafael Soriano.