Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/15/13
Free agent relief pitcher Rafael Soriano has agreed to a two-year, $28 million contract with the Washington Nationals, Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday. By signing Soriano, the Nationals will lose their first-round draft pick, because Soriano was one of three remaining free agents with draft-pick compensation attached. Soriano's deal includes a $14 million option for 2015 that vests if Soriano finishes 120 games in 2013 and 2014 combined, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. That would require him to be the Nationals' fulltime closer. The Nationals' bullpen already includes Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard. Storen had 43 saves in 2011 and four in 2012, while Clippard saved 32 games in 2012. Soriano had 42 saves and a 2.26 earned run average for the Yankees in 2012, when he became the team's closer after Mariano Rivera injured his knee and was lost for the season. But Rivera is scheduled to return this season.
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