Rafael Soriano has been quite the lightening rod during his brief time with the Yankees. Signed by ownership against the wishes of general manager Brian Cashman, ostensibly because he was the best pitcher left on the market after Cliff Lee opted for the Phillies, and given an absurdly lucrative and friendly contract considering how barren the market for him had been until the Steinbrenners got involved, Soriano has endured a tumultuous stay in pinstripes literally from day one. It certainly didn’t help that he didn’t live up to his billing on the field either last season, battling ineffectiveness and injury to miss a good chunk of the season, losing his billing as the team’s Eighth Inning Guy to David Robertson along the way. It was a toxic mix of circumstances that conspired to make Soriano one of the most universally unpopular Yankees in recent memory. Fans complained about him, the media hounded him, and I sort of wonder if he ever contemplated giving up the extra money in exchange for just getting out of town this past winter.