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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 and Tyler Clippard will move to the roles of set-up men.
Clippard saved 32 games for the Nationals last season while Storen saved 43 the year before.
Last season as a member of the Yankees, Soriano saved 42 games and had a 2.26 ERA. He had been brought in to be a setup man for the Yankees but assumed the role of closer following an injury to Mariano Rivera. With Rivera expected to be ready to go for Spring Training the Yankees simply offered Soriano a qualifying offer, which he declined, in order to assure themselves of a draft pick.
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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 ...
Rafael Soriano and the Washington Nationals have reportedly agreed to a $28 million, two-year deal with a third-year vesting option for $14 million according to ESPN.
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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...
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 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...
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