In signing relief pitcher Rafael Soriano, the New York Yankees took a big step in shoring up their bullpen before heading south to Florida for spring training.

The team had already made a number of signings including pitcher Pedro Feliciano, pitcher Mark Prior and catcher Russell Martin.

The Yankees also retained two major free agents in agreeing to terms on multi-year deals with closer Mariano Rivera and shortstop Derek Jeter.

With the moves, the team seems poised to win another AL East crown. However off-season signings by the Boston Red Sox indicate that the team won’t be going down without a fight.

In just 25 days, pitchers and catchers of the Bronx Bombers will report to Tampa for their first workouts.

With time ticking away, there is still time for the team to bolster their pitching staff and outfield in an effort to set themselves apart from the rest of the American League.

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