Originally written January 15, 2013 on Bronx Pinstripes:
For the next two years, Rafael Soriano will be untucking his jersey in the nation’s capital. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has reported that Soriano, 33, and the Washington Nationals  have agreed to a two-year-deal worth $28 million, with a possibility of a third year worth $14 million should the closer finish 120 games in ’13-’14 combined. If and when the deal becomes official, the Yankees will recieve Washington’s 2013 first-round draft pick, which will be 31st overall. In the end of a long offseason for Soriano, his agent Scott Boras was able to command a deal that could be worth up to $42 million when all is said and done. The fact that the Yankees are more fiscally conservative in order to get below a payroll of $189 million, coupled with the desire Soriano has to close this year, made his return to the Yankees very unlikely. In his two years in the Bronx, Soriano was 4-4 with a 2.94 ERA, while closing 44 games, the majority of those (39) coming in 2012 when he filled in for an injured Mariano Rivera.
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