The Yankees still haven’t finalized a radio deal for next season, so the future of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman and their place in the Lowe’s Broadcast Booth is still up in the air. While it is always hard to predict how a multi-million dollar business deal will play out, sticking with WCBS appears to be the Yankees’ best move based on the revenue generated and fan familiarity with the station. And as far as that goes, Yankees fans are definitely familiar with John and Suzyn (and they consistently draw high ratings), so it seems likely that we’ll see hear them back in the booth next season.
The Yankees declined to pick up Damaso Marte’s $4 million option, making him a free agent. The most surprising aspect of this story? The fact that Marte had been a Yankee for a little over 3 years. Geez, was it really that long? I had kind of (ok, totally) forgotten about the poor guy.
In other painfully obvious news, Rafael Soriano has decided not to opt out. Apparently he thought that a 4.12 ERA to cap off an injury-plagued season wouldn’t earn him more than the $25M he is owed over the next two years. And yeah, he’s probably right.