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Rafael Soriano | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. May 21 - 10:56 PM
Source: CSN Chicago

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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

MLB.com'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 MLB.com 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.
Source: MLBlogs.com
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

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Twins have inquired about watching Rafael Soriano throw.

Wolfson adds that it's "possible they already watched him" throw. It's not clear how series Minnesota's interest in the free agent reliever is at this point. Soriano's market has been shockingly non-existent, as he was connected to the Blue Jays briefly but that was back in January. The reliever is working out at his agent Scott Boras' training facility in Miami.
Mar 27 - 5:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Rafael Soriano will soon begin working out at his agent Scott Boras' training facility in Miami.

Soriano has been keeping his arm in shape by throwing in his native Dominican Republic but will now do some working out stateside. Heyman notes that fellow Boras clients Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales "made lengthy pit stops" at the facility last spring before eventually catching on with the Red Sox and Twins, respectively. The market for Soriano has basically been non-existent and it doesn't appear he's close to signing anyone. The Blue Jays could use a closer, but Heyman says they "aren't quite ready to make a play for Soriano."
Mar 20 - 9:52 AM

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times believes the Dodgers "will check in" on Rafael Soriano and Francisco Rodriguez but are "more likely" to add a middle reliever.

The reasoning is that Kenley Jansen (foot) is likely to be sidelined for only about a month with a non-arm injury, so Shaikin doesn't see them adding a more costly pitcher as an interim closer. Of course, the Dodgers have an essentially unlimited supply of cash, so they might decide it's worth it to splurge for a more reliable ninth inning option. As of now, their best in-house option is probably Joel Peralta or former closer Brandon League.
Feb 17 - 10:27 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears the Blue Jays have been in contact with representatives for free agent Rafael Soriano.

Soriano saved 32 games for the Nationals last season but fell apart late and saw his $14 million option for 2015 declined in October. He hasn't generated much interest on the open market, but the Jays, in need of a late-inning option, could prove to be a good match. The 35-year-old's price tag should continue to go down as spring training nears.
Jan 28 - 10:44 PM

Nationals declined RHP Rafael Soriano's $14 million option for 2015.

An easy decision for the Nats after Soriano lost his ninth-inning job in the second half of the 2014 season. The right-hander did not have a buyout on the option and will be an interesting free agent case this winter. He turns 35 years old in December.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 03:58:00 PM

The Nationals are expected to decline Rafael Soriano's $14 million option for 2015.

They probably would have picked it up if they had to make the call at the All-Star break, but Soriano made the decision to cut him loose easy after a disastrous second half. Drew Storen took over as the Nats' closer late in the year when Soriano faltered and will almost surely retain the role heading into 2015.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 11:36:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Wilmer Difo
4Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
2Michael Taylor
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
6Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Aaron Barrett
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Thornton
5Casey Janssen
6Tanner Roark
7Blake Treinen
8Matt Grace
9Sammy Solis
10A.J. Cole