Originally written January 15, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
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 Yankees last season after Mariano Rivera tore his ACL at the beginning of May, and saved 42 games with a 2.26 ERA for the AL East champions. Soriano also struck out 69 hitters in 67 2/3 innings for New York. After the season, opted out of his contract with the Yankees that would have paid him $14 million in 2013, received a $1.5 million buyout, and declined the Yankees' $13.3 million qualifying offer in order to test the free agent market. After a rough start to the winter, Soriano eventually made his money back after opting out, and then some. With the signing, the Nationals will lose their ...
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