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Rafael Soriano | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that Rafael Soriano is unlikely to join the major league bullpen until after the All-Star break.
Soriano agreed to a minor league deal with the Cubs this week, but he's currently waiting on a travel visa and will need time in the minors in order to shake the rust. The closer situation with the big club is unsettled right now, with Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, and Jason Motte all in the mix, but the 35-year-old isn't an immediate threat for save chances. Jun 11 - 5:57 PM

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Cubs signed RHP Rafael Soriano to a minor league contract.

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the deal was close and it's now official. James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that he'll receive a $4.1 million prorated base salary, with the chance for an additional $4 million in bonuses for games finished and appearances. The Mariners were also linked to Soriano, who has been working out in the Dominican Republic in preparation for joining a team. The expectation is that he'll need some time in the minors, but he should be ready to help the big club in short order. The 35-year-old Soriano looms as a threat for saves in Chicago, but keep in mind that he was booted from the Nationals' closer role late last year after a brutal second half. He's no sure thing.
Jun 9 - 11:48 AM

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Cubs are closing in on a deal with free agent reliever Rafael Soriano.

It's expected to be a minor league deal, which could be completed as soon as the end of the day on Tuesday. After going unsigned over the winter, Soriano recently switched agents from Scott Boras to Alan Nero, who also represents Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Of course, Soriano previously pitched for Maddon with the Rays in 2010. He'll likely need a handful of appearances in the minors before joining Chicago's bullpen later this month. The Cubs' closer situation has gotten murky over the past few days and the addition of Soriano has the potential to complicate it further.
Jun 9 - 11:40 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Blue Jays, Cardinals and Cubs have been the "most aggressive" pursuers of Rafael Soriano.

Soriano is set to have an open throwing session for teams on June 11 in the Dominican Republic, but Cafardo says it's possible he'll sign on with someone before then. The veteran reliever might have the best shot to close with the Jays out of the three, although Brett Cecil has pitched well of late after a slow start. Soriano would figure to be eased into high-leverage situations initially regardless of where he ends up given that he hasn't pitched in a game since the NLDS last year.
Jun 5 - 12:39 PM

Rafael Soriano will have an open throwing session for teams on June 11 in the Dominican Republic.

Soriano is apparently tired of free agency after eight months of waiting. There are plenty of teams looking for relief help -- contenders and non-contenders alike -- so it shouldn't take long for the 35-year-old right-hander to find a gig as long as his contract demands don't remain exorbitant. He saved 32 games for the Nationals in 2014 but had some problems down the stretch.
Jun 4 - 12:33 PM

Free agent Rafael Soriano, armed with a new agent, said he's been working out and will be ready to pitch whenever he signs with a club.

Soriano now comes with new representation after failing to find a deal under the Scott Boras umbrella. The Cubs are believed to be interested in him. He indicated that he'd be fine with a role other than closing.
May 30 - 3:06 PM

Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports that the Cubs are considering adding Rafael Soriano to upgrade their bullpen.

The 35-year-old right-hander is still looking for work after posting a 3.19 ERA and 59/19 K/BB ratio while saving 32 games for the Nationals in 2014. He worked with Cubs manager Joe Maddon while the two were in Tampa Bay together, and he could be a nice addition in the late innings for the Cubs, provided the two sides are able to hammer out a deal.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 21 - 10:56 PM

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins are no longer considering adding free agent reliever Rafael Soriano.

Soriano remains jobless here in mid-May, but he apparently wasn't willing to lower his asking price to the Marlins' liking. The veteran right-hander will continue to work out on the side until a team gets desperate enough to meet his demands. Soriano posted a cool 3.19 ERA with 32 saves and a 59/19 K/BB ratio in 62 innings last season, but he did not have a good second half and he's 35 years old. It's an odd situation.
May 13 - 5:11 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Rafael Soriano is "one of several options" the Marlins are considering and they are interested in him "only at a low price."

It's possible this could simply be the Marlins trying to drive Soriano's asking price down, although there's been some conflicting reports on how serious their interest is. The Marlins are ready to go with A.J. Ramos as their main guy in the ninth inning for now but seem likely to add a bullpen arm at some point, whether it's Soriano or someone else.
May 13 - 12:29 PM's Joe Frisaro hears that the Marlins are "very much engaged" in discussions with Rafael Soriano's agent, Scott Boras.

Frisaro cautious that he's "not sure how talks will progress," but it does certainly seem as though their interest is legitimate. The Marlins will look to A.J. Ramos, Bryan Morris and Mike Dunn for the time being at closer, but Soriano does offer plenty of ninth-inning experience and remains a free agent.
May 12 - 8:20 PM

Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins have expressed interest in free agent reliever Rafael Soriano.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald confirms the report, but adds that nothing is close. It's noteworthy given Steve Cishek's struggles, but Frisaro writes that whether a deal gets done will depend on whether the Marlins believe Soriano is the right choice at closer for the price. The 35-year-old posted a 3.19 ERA, 32 saves, and a 59/19 K/BB ratio over 62 innings last season, but struggled miserably during the second half. The Marlins plan to mix and match at closer right now, with A.J. Ramos, Bryan Morris, and Mike Dunn among the likely candidates, but Frisaro speculates that Tom Koehler could also be an option once Henderson Alvarez comes off the disabled list. Stay tuned.
May 12 - 11:18 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "there has been some contact" between the Mariners and Rafael Soriano's agent, Scott Boras.

Heyman also reiterates that the Tigers have expressed some interest and, in his opinion, "remain the most logical fit." He lists the Pirates, Indians and Dodgers as "three other logical suitors," but it's unclear if they've expressed interest to Boras. The agent told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe on Thursday that calls on his client are "increasing." It's looking unlikely at the moment that Soriano will be able to land a closer job, but he could certainly help someone as a setup man.
Apr 24 - 12:05 PM

Rafael Soriano's agent Scott Boras said Thursday that the calls on his client are "increasing."

It figures that teams would get more desperate for relief depth as the season rolls along. Soriano posted a decent 3.19 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 59/19 K/BB ratio in 62 innings last summer for Washington while also earning 32 saves, but he is 35 years old and doesn't have the best clubhouse reputation.
Apr 23 - 12:42 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers "are thought to be at least monitoring" Rafael Soriano's workouts in Miami.

To what degree they might pursue Soriano remains to be seen, although it's possible Joe Nathan's elbow injury could ratchet their interest up a notch. Heyman also notes that Soriano's "spotty past clubhouse rep" may be at least part of the reason it's taken him so long to find a job.
Apr 10 - 4:52 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Rafael Soriano is talking with "multiple teams" and it "does not appear" his signing is imminent.

The Twins are one team known to have inquired about watching him throw, but it doesn't appear their interest is too serious. Soriano is currently staying in shape by working out at his agent Scott Boras' training facility in Miami. He could continue to wait it out at this point until a team becomes desperate enough for a late-inning reliever that they give in to his salary demands.
Apr 3 - 11:46 AM

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