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So the Nationals unveiled Rafael Soriano at Nationals Park today, and Mike Rizzo left no doubt about who will be closing games this year for the Nationals (video above via CSNWashington.com):
"Raffy's here to pitch the ninth inning."
The $28 million was another tipoff. Rizzo went on to say that The Implosion in Game 5 had nothing to do with the decision to sign Soriano. Pffffft!:
"By no means (was) the signing of Rafael Soriano based on one inning
and one game at the end of the season. (Storen's) a young
closer that was thrust into the closer role as a very young man and a
very young major leaguer. We feel that we benefit having Sori on the
club. Not only by pitching the ninth inning, but also by mentoring a
good young potential young closer in Drew Storen." (Mike Rizzo, via MASNSports.com, 1/17/2013)
(Screencap via MASNSports.com video)
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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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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...
So the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore checked in with Steve McCatty, who checked in with Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard after the Nationals signed Rafael Soriano to be their closer. Despite quotes from McCatty stating that both took the news "like professionals", reading between the lines it sounds like Storen took the news much harder than Clippard.
McCatty on Storen...
So Rafael Soriano is in the fold, and the Nats have "doubled-down on #Natitude" says the Washington Post's Thomas Boswell. Via Allan Petersen (@ambp77) on Twitter, enjoy the Photoshop above of the Nationals new three-headed bullpen monster of Rafael Soriano, Tyler Clippard, and Drew Storen. Three-headed monster, that is, until Storen or Clippard gets traded?
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