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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
Contract: view contract details

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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. Oct 30 - 3:58 PM

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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.
Oct 17 - 11:36 AM

With Drew Storen unavailable, Rafael Soriano gave up a run but converted the save in a win over the Marlins.

Soriano surrendered a leadoff double and a couple long flyouts but ultimately held on to preserve the one-run win. It appears that he, not Tyler Clippard is now next in line for saves when Storen is unavailable.
Sep 21 - 4:04 PM

Asked to protect a 4-0 lead in the ninth, Rafael Soriano was charged with two runs while getting two outs against the Braves.

Soriano allowed two doubles and then walked a batter to bring the tying run to the plate with two outs. The Nationals were forced to go to Drew Storen in his place, and Storen managed to finish off the Braves, though it wasn't easy (he gave up a single and then a hard-hit grounder than Ian Desmond knocked down and turned into an out). After tonight, it's probably going to be some time before Soriano gets into another game that isn't already decided.
Sep 15 - 10:26 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Rafael Soriano's bullpen session went well Monday.

Soriano blew back-to-back save chances on Thursday and Friday before getting the rest of the weekend off to work on his mechanics and his slider. Williams plans to ease him back into action in a lower-leverage situation. In the meantime, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard figure to get save chances.
Sep 8 - 4:28 PM

Rafael Soriano will take the rest of the weekend off to work on his mechanics and his slider, before throwing a bullpen session on Monday.

It doesn't sound as though he's completely removed from the closer's role just yet, but the writing is certainly on the wall. Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen are the two likely candidates to assume the role in his absence.
Sep 6 - 12:51 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams hinted after Friday's blown save that Rafael Soriano may be removed from his role as the team's closer.

The veteran right-hander has struggled mightily in recent weeks, posting a 9.00 ERA and 2.11 WHIP over his last 10 appearances while suffering three blown saves, including each of his last two chances. With Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen as more than capable replacements, a change appears imminent.
Sep 6 - 9:12 AM

Rafael Soriano survived a shaky ninth inning Friday against the Pirates for his 29th save of the season.

After entering the top of the ninth inning with a two-run lead, Soriano gave up a leadoff single to Starling Marte before retiring the next two batters. However, Pedro Alvarez delivered an RBI single to make it a one-run game. Chris Stewart then singled to right to bring the tying run to third base, but Soriano managed to get Josh Harrison to foul out to the catcher to end it. Soriano has pitched in three straight games, so he'll almost certainly be rested on Saturday. Tyler Clippard has also pitched the last three days, so Drew Storen could be used in a save opportunity.
Aug 15 - 11:33 PM

Rafael Soriano earned his 28th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Mets.

Soriano struggled in Wednesday's outing, allowing a run but still earning the save, so Thursday's effort was heartening for Nats fans. The veteran is now 28-for-32 in save chances with a 1.90 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, and a 45/14 K/BB ratio.
Aug 14 - 10:16 PM

Rafael Soriano escaped a tense ninth inning, in which he allowed a run, to pick up his 27th save as the Nationals narrowly defeated the Mets on Wednesday.

Soriano gave up a lead-off home run to Travis d'Arnaud and allowed the tying run to reach third base before getting back-to-back ground outs to end the contest. Soriano is now 27-for-31 with a 1.94 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and a 45/14 K/BB ratio this season.
Aug 13 - 10:23 PM

Rafael Soriano took his fourth blown save and his first loss of the year after giving up four runs in the ninth Monday against the Marlins.

This one hurts. Soriano saw his ERA jump all of the way from 1.10 to 1.96 after retiring just one of the six batters he faced. He had been scored upon just four times in 41 previous appearances this year, giving up five runs total.
Jul 28 - 10:49 PM

Rafael Soriano delivered a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Reds for his 24th save of the season.

It wasn't easy, as Soriano gave up a double and a walk, but he managed to avoid any serious damage. He struck out two batters in the frame and now owns a microscopic 1.13 ERA in 40 appearances this season to go along with a 39/13 K/BB ratio over 40 innings.
Jul 25 - 10:33 PM

Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Rockies on Tuesday to earn his 23rd save of the season.

Soriano bounced back from blowing a save opportunity his last time out to put down the Rockies with relative ease. Soriano worked around a leadoff double to get Charlie Blackmon swinging before inducing two fly ball outs to end the game. The hiccup in his previous outing appears to have been just that, and Soriano still owns a stellar 1.15 ERA and 0.87 WHIP going forward.
Jul 23 - 12:48 AM

Rafael Soriano blew the save in the top of the ninth, but escaped with the win as the Nationals walked off against the Brewers on Sunday.

It was a rare moment of fallibility for the veteran closer. With one out, Soriano allowed a single, a walk, and then an RBI single to Rickie Weeks to tie the ballgame at 4-4. Carlos Gomez was caught stealing and Ryan Braun flied out to end the threat. Teammate Jayson Werth picked Soriano up in the bottom half of the ninth, ripping a walk-off RBI double, so Soriano escaped with the win. The 34-year-old is now 22-for-25 in save opportunities with a 1.18 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP, and a 36/12 K/BB ratio.
Jul 20 - 5:24 PM

Rafael Soriano tossed a perfect ninth inning to earn his 21st save of the season against the Cubs on Sunday.

Soriano needed just eight pitches to dispatch the Cubs in the ninth, inducing two ground balls and a flyout. He's now got 21 saves in 23 chances this year, owning a strong 1.03 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 32/11 K/BB ratio in 35 innings of work.
Jul 6 - 5:56 PM

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