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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 recalled RHP Rafael Soriano from Triple-A Iowa.
The 35year-old hurler will add some much needed depth to the back-end of the Cubs bullpen. He fired seven scoreless innings while posting a 7/3 K/BB ratio at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa before getting recalled. Jul 19 - 8:56 PM

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Rafael Soriano could be added to the Cubs' bullpen next week.

Soriano struck out the side in a scoreless inning for Triple-A Iowa on Thursday and has allowed just one unearned run over six relief appearances between Double- and Triple-A. The Cubs could use him in low-leverage situations initially, but it's certainly possible that he could eventually overtake Jason Motte as the club's closer.
Jul 17 - 9:20 AM

Rafael Soriano tossed a scoreless inning Monday in his first appearance with Double-A Tennessee.

Soriano, who signed with the Cubs last month, allowed one hit and struck out three batters in the inning. The veteran reliever figures to make a handful of tune-up appearances, which puts him on track to join the major league roster after the All-Star break. Cubs manager Joe Maddon isn't going with a set closer right now, so it's possible Soriano could get some save chances in the second half.
Jul 7 - 11:03 AM

Rafael Soriano has been assigned to Double-A Tennessee.

Soriano threw in extended spring training for a while after the Cubs signed him last month, but he's ready to pitch in real games now. He shouldn't need too many tune-up outings, so expect the veteran reliever to be added to the big league bullpen shortly after the All-Star break.
Jul 6 - 5:16 PM

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

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

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1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Addison Russell
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Chris Coghlan
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S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
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R1Jason Motte
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Tommy Hunter
5Justin Grimm
6James Russell
7Rafael Soriano
8Neil Ramirez
9Travis Wood
10Yoervis Medina
11Zac Rosscup