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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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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

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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

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.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 04:04:00 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.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:26:00 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.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 04:28:00 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.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 12:51:00 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.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 09:12:00 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.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 11:33:00 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.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 10:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

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