Friday January 14, 2011 | 06:38 AM

The Boston Red Sox have an obvious strategy when playing the New York Yankees: Take the lead.

While the Yankees' starting rotation looks a little thin, the bullpen just got a lot stronger.

According to several media reports, the Yankees have signed free agent closer Rafael Soriano to a three-year, $35-million contract. See the New York Daily News story.

Soriano can opt out after any season but why would he? He is scheduled to make $14-million in 2013.

Soriano, 31, will set up for esteemed closer Marian Rivera, and could be the closer in 2013 (Rivera just re-signed the New York for two years).

After posting a 1.73 ERA last year as the Tampa Bay Rays closer, Soriano became a coveted free agent. The Yankees had once said they were out of the running for Soriano. But never count out the Pinstripes.


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