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Rafael Soriano | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that Rafael Soriano has decided to retire.
Soriano signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays last month, but he never reported due to a visa issue and has apparently just decided to hang it up. The 36-year-old had a terrific career, posting a 2.89 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 641/197 K/BB ratio over 636 1/3 innings. He had 207 saves, made one All-Star team and twice finished in the top-20 in MVP voting. Mar 17 - 10:58 PM

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Rafael Soriano remains absent from Blue Jays camp because of a visa issue.

Soriano signed a minor league contract with Toronto on February 28, but he is apparently still stuck in his native Dominican Republic. The veteran right-hander allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings last season with the Cubs. He is highly doubtful to crack the Jays' roster out of spring training at this point.
Mar 7 - 3:36 PM

Blue Jays signed RHP Rafael Soriano to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Soriano made just six appearances with the Cubs last season, getting knocked around for four runs on eight hits -- including two homers -- over 5 2/3 innings. His campaign ended with a shoulder issue and he was eventually released in September. Now 36, Soriano isn't a great bet to ever see high-leverage innings again. However, he was quite good just two years ago and is certainly worth a shot on a non-guaranteed deal.
Feb 28 - 2:57 PM

Cubs released RHP Rafael Soriano.

The veteran right-hander was designated for assignment earlier in the week and has now been granted his outright release. Rather than search for a minor league deal, it's expected that he'll take the rest of the season off in preparation for free agency.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 09:07:00 AM

Cubs activated RHP Rafael Soriano from the 15-day disabled list; designated him for assignment.

The veteran reliever allowed eight hits and four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings for the Cubs before landing on the disabled list August 4 with right shoulder inflammation. The 35-year-old right-hander will probably take the rest of the summer off and gear up for free agency. He's going to have to settle for another minor league deal this winter.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 04:51:00 PM

Rafael Soriano (shoulder) has begun a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa.

Soriano has been on the disabled list since August 4 with right shoulder inflammation. Assuming all goes well, the right-hander should be back with the Cubs by early September.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 06:48:00 PM

Rafael Soriano (shoulder) made a simulated appearance Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

And the workout apparently went smoothly. Soriano will remain with the Cubs until they head out on the road early next week. He should then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. The veteran right-hander has been on the shelf since late July with right shoulder inflammation.
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 05:18:00 PM

Rafael Soriano (shoulder) is close to pitching in simulated games.

He'll then be cleared for a rehab assignment if that goes well. Soriano is tracking towards a likely return when rosters expand next month.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 02:53:00 PM

Cubs placed RHP Rafael Soriano on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 31, with right shoulder inflammation.

It helps explain why he hasn't pitched much of late. The good news is that it doesn't appear Soriano has any structural damage, so he shouldn't be sidelined too long. Clayton Richard has taken his spot in the bullpen.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 04:06:00 PM

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.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 08:56:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jul 17, 2015 09:20:00 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.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 11:03:00 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.
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 05:16:00 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.
Thu, Jun 11, 2015 05:57:00 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.
Tue, Jun 9, 2015 11:48:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
LF1Michael Saunders
2Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Marcus Stroman
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Francisco Liriano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Joaquin Benoit
6Scott Feldman
7Ryan Tepera
8Aaron Loup
9Gavin Floyd