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Not that the bullpen-needy Mets would have made a play for Rafael Soriano anyway, but the Washington Nationals’ acquisition of the Yankees’ 2012 insurance policy has them as the sexy pick to win the NL East.
It isn’t as if they needed much make-up after winning 98 games last season, but Soriano strengthens an already strong bullpen stronger. For his $28-million, two-year deal, Soriano will close, but the Nationals also have Drew Storen – their once closer-in-waiting – and Tyler Clippard, who saved 32 games last year, for late in the game.
The Mets, the only team not to sign a major league free-agent this winter, kicked the tires on Brian Wilson, who after Tommy John surgery, would be a gamble. Their closer is Frank Francisco, who ended last season with arm problems.
The Nationals’ manager, Davey Johnson, is adept at juggling a bullpen, although he was helpless as his pen blew a six-run lead to the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NL Division Series. That might have been the gnawing feelin...
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Ah… another day in Yankees Universe, as more disappointing news just keeps on coming.
Rafael Soriano (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As the Washington Nationals just cemented themselves as the favorites to win the 2013 World Series, and the reason is the new addition of now ex-Yankees closer Rafael Soriano to their bullpen.
The Washington Post reports that Soriano will be pocketing ...
Reliever Rafael Soriano and the Washington Nationals were working to finalize a $28 million, two-year contract on Tuesday, said a person familiar with the negotiations.
The person said Soriano's deal would contain a $14 million option for 2015 that would become guaranteed if he has 120 games finished over 2013 and 2014 combined. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition...
The Washington Nationals will be paying Rafael Soriano more than any other reliever not named Mariano Rivera. And they will be giving up draft picks and limiting themselves in slot money for the upcoming draft. All this because the New York Yankees gave Soriano a qualifying offer that he turned down, and the Nationals signed him.
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports...
The Washington Nationals have signed free agent reliever Rafael Soriano to a two-year, $28 million deal with a vesting option for a third season, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo. The option for 2015 will vest if Soriano finishes 120 games over the 2013 and 2014 seasons, ensuring he'll be Washington's closer during the life of the contract.
Soriano served as the closer for...
The Washington Nationals have agreed on a two-year deal with relief pitcher Rafael Soriano.
While the Nationals figured to add an arm to their bullpen it would have been hard to envision them adding a player the caliber of Soriano. Over the course of the deal the Nationals will play Sorinao $28 million.
Soriano figures to assume the duties of closer for the Nationals. Drew Storen...
Rafael Soriano is off the market, but there are still some potentially useful bullpen arms to be had.
Coming into the offseason, Rafael Soriano had a choice: return to the Yankees in 2013 for $14 million, or opt out, collect $1.5 million, and become a free agent. Consensus around these parts was that Soriano should stay put. Soriano opted out. The Yankees extended to Soriano a $13.3 million qualifying offer, and there was a strong argument that Soriano should accept it and stay with...
The 102 win Phillies signed Papelbon..... He did great too..... They won 81 games. The Nationals went bold today and signed Rafael Soriano, which has there fans and many other writers declaring them the team to beat for 2013. Seems understandable, I mean even the Philly Press is saying so...
The Washington Nationals and Scott Boras continue to make sweet music, as the team has agreed to sign closer Rafael Soriano to a two-year deal worth $28mm, Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports. The deal also includes a vesting option of $14mm for 2015 if Soriano finishes 120 games over the course of the next two seasons. Soriano will make $7mm in 2013 and 2014 and will receive $14mm in deferred...
Front-office types give their opinions on the remaining free agents, and a look at the ramifications at the Rafael Soriano and Mike Morse deals.
Shaun Marcum`s market is heating up, and Rafael Soriano might finally have an interested suitor.