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 payments from 2018-2025.
Soriano was easily the biggest name on the reliever market. His market did not expand as much as it should have as he was tied to draft pick compensation, thanks to the Yankees making a qualifying offer to him, which he turned down.
As the fill in closer last season, Soriano posted a 2.26 ERA with a 9.2 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 with 42 saves.