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Washington Nationals trade rumors: Junichi Tazawa edition

The Nationals’ bullpen struggles this year have been well documented. Without the aid of Tyler Clippard, Rafael Soriano and Craig Stammen, Washington has struggled to bridge the gap between their starting pitcher and their lights out closer, Drew Storen. So far, Storen has been all-star worthy, posting a 1.11 ERA with 19 saves. However, aside from that, the rest of the bullpen...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Transaction Analysis: Jedd Gets Jerked by R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

Jedd Gyorko gets demoted, Rafael Soriano signs, and more recent moves.
Via Baseball Prospectus
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Soriano agrees to minors deal with Cubs

After two long months of waiting, Rafael Soriano has finally found himself a home for the 2015 season. Soriano has agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to a club announcement. Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times was first to report the news. This deal comes after Soriano last month fired his agent Scott Boras, who was unable to help to...
Via Baseball Essential
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Surprise! Cubs sign Rafael Soriano to minor league deal

If you had the Chicago Cubs as the team reliever Rafael Soriano would sign with in your office pool, congratulations. (Some office out there was running such a pool, right?) As first reported by the Washington Post’s James Wagner on Tuesday, the 35-year-old signed a minor league deal with the Cubs with a base salary of $4.1 million and an opportunity to double that total with...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Surprise! Cubs sign Rafael Soriano to minor league deal

If you had the Chicago Cubs as the team reliever Rafael Soriano would sign with in your office pool, congratulations. (Some office out there was running such a pool, right?) As first reported by the Washington Post’s James Wagner on Tuesday, the 35-year-old signed a minor league deal with the Cubs with a base salary of $4.1 million and an opportunity to double that total with contract...
Via Bloguin Best
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Soriano signs with the Chicago Cubs

It’s been a roller coaster for Rafael Soriano the past few months. The Dominican Republic native has played 13 years in the MLB, has become well known, earned an All-Star appearance, he finished the year with most saves in the American League (2010) and also won the AL Rolaids Relief Man Award in that same year. He started out the 2014 season with an ERA of 0.97, that’s when...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Sign Rafael Soriano, Can Give Boost To Struggling Bullpen

The Chicago Cubs bullpen has been one of the weakest facets of the team this season, but a recent deal may prove to be a steal in the future. The Cubs signed Rafael Soriano to a minor league contract on Tuesday, hoping to give the Cubs bullpen a boost this year. The former saves leader (2010) most recently pitched for the Washington Nationals in 2014. He started that season as the...
Via Sports Mockery
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Soriano agrees to minor league deal with Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs and free-agent reliever Rafael Soriano have agreed to a minor league deal. Soriano, 35, has 207 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 585 major league appearances. The move was announced on Tuesday. The contract could lead to a reunion for Soriano and Joe Maddon, who was the manager in Tampa Bay when the right-hander had 45 saves for the Rays in 2010. Soriano has...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs sign Rafael Soriano to minor-league contract

The Chicago Cubs announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with free-agent relief pitcher Rafael Soriano on a minor-league contract. The 35-year-old Soriano began the 2014 season as the closer for theWashington Nationals and converted 22 of 24 save opportunities with a 0.97 ERA before the All-Star break.  But after that, he blew five of 15 save chances lost the job toDrew...
Via Sports-Glory
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Sign Rafael Soriano

You wanted juicy?  You got it.  The Chicago Cubs just signed veteran reliever Rafael Soriano to a minor league deal: Rafael Soriano has a minor league with Cubs. It's for $4.1M prorated base with up to $4M in bonuses for games finished & appearances. — James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) June 9, 2015 Gordon Wittenmyer (I know, right) was first on this, with confirmation from...
Via World Series Dreaming
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Soriano to the rescue? Former closer looking for MLB job

Where did Rafael Soriano go?  Not long ago, he was one of baseball’s best closers.  His 117 saves from 2012 to 2014 ranked third in Major League Baseball. But a poor end to last season meant he lost the closer’s role with the Washington Nationals.  His numbers – 3.19 ERA, 32/39 in saves and a 59/19 strikeout/walk ratio in 62 innings – would seem to indicate he still has...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
25 days ago  |  Discuss

GM says Blue Jays will look to add pitching

TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays are in the market for pitching help, particularly for their bullpen, with free agent right-hander Rafael Soriano among their targets. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday he is ''going to look to add if we can'' as the Blue Jays opened up a six-game homestand against AL-best Houston. While Anthopoulos and his staff are currently ''immersed'' in...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays should sign Rafael Soriano

Rafael Soriano inexplicably remains on the free agent market unsigned after failing to agree to terms with any teams this offseason. It’s bizarre. Soriano is coming off a season with the Nationals where he posted 30 saves, a healthy 3.19 ERA and 8.6 SO/9 against just 2.8 BB/9. He’s still a pretty good relief pitcher, and many teams could use his services. Perhaps the delay...
Via The Outside Corner
25 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays should sign Rafael Soriano

Rafael Soriano inexplicably remains on the free agent market unsigned after failing to agree to terms with any teams this offseason. It’s bizarre. Soriano is coming off a season with the Nationals where he posted 30 saves, a healthy 3.19 ERA and 8.6 SO/9 against just 2.8 BB/9. He’s still a pretty good relief pitcher, and many teams could use his services. Perhaps the delay of...
Via Bloguin Best
25 days ago  |  Discuss

50 games into the season, Nationals offseason moves shine bright

Looking to build off of last season’s 96 win team, the Nationals were extremely active in the offseason. Washington prioritized solidifying their bench, adding to their starting pitching and bringing in middle infield help during the winter offseason. Now, 50 games into the 2015 regular season, here is a look at how some of Washington’s key offseason decisions have played out...
Via isportsweb.com
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs may be targeting a free agent reliever

  You can never have too many good arms in a bullpen and the Cubs may be looking to add another. According to a report from CSN Chicago, “the Cubs are looking at Rafael Soriano as another way to upgrade their bullpen.” Soriano, 35, is currently a free agent, but has spent 13 years in the Majors. The right-hander pitched in 64 games for the Nationals last season and posted a...
Via Fox Sports
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Marlins no longer in on Rafael Soriano

Yesterday, it was reported by Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that the Miami Marlins were “very much engaged” in contract discussions with free agent right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano. While that was true, talks have taken a turn. The Marlins are no longer considering adding Soriano, as his asking price is too high, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. With Soriano now out...
Via Baseball Essential
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Miami Marlins expressing interest in Rafael Soriano

The interest in former all-star closer Rafael Soriano is growing.  The team with perhaps the strongest interest to date is the Miami Marlins.  Reports are that the Marlins have contacted Soriano’s agent Scott Boras about a possible deal between the two parties as reported by Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.   The veteran right-handed closer is the last big-name free agent leftover from...
Via Baseball Essential
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Harper hits 3 HRs in first 3 ABs for Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) Bryan Harper has hit three home runs in his first three at-bats for the Washington Nationals against Miami. Harper hit a solo shot in the second inning, a two-run drive in the third and a bases-empty homer in the fifth. The latter two landed in the upper deck. All the home runs were against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler, and each came on the second pitch of the...
Via AP on Fox
May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Rafael Soriano talk is heating up

Per Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, super-agent Scott Boras said that calls on free agent relief pitcher Rafael Soriano are picking up. Agent Scott Boras said calls on free-agent reliever Rafael Soriano are increasing.. — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) April 23, 2015 Soriano, 35, spent the last two seasons with the Washington nationals. In 2014, he posted a solid 3.19 ERA, with...
Via Baseball Essential
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Explaining the Washington Nationals’ slow start

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports The Washington Nationals were all but crowned World Series Champions before the season started, but hold on, they currently sit at 2-6. A team this good surely isn’t that bad, are they? What could be the reason? It just really doesn’t make sense when you have the best rotation in baseball, and arguably the best all around staff in baseball. 1...
Via Sports-Glory
April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Rafael Soriano: The Last Man Standing

At this point, it only makes sense to talk about Rafael Soriano. That’s not something you hear every day, but it makes sense to talk about Rafael Soriano because these are the remaining names that currently populate our free agent depth charts: Ryan Doumit Brett Hayes Lyle Overbay Rafael Furcal Chris Nelson Scott Hairston Tony […]
Via Fangraphs
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Yankees:- Five Remaning Free Agents The Yankees Should Consider

Rafael Soriano #29 of the New York Yankees pitches in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on August 5, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Mandatory Credit:- Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) With spring training less than two months away, this is typically the time when teams fill out the complimentary roles of their ball club. This year is a bit of...
Via The Sports Journal
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

The NL East could be baseball’s least compelling division

We’re still more than a month away from Spring Training. And even though we’re still weeks away from pitchers and catchers even reporting, one thing is becoming clear to be – the NL East hasn’t been compelling at all this winter, and likely won’t be all that exciting during the regular season. What makes me say that? Well, consider this – the Washington Nationals won...
Via The Outside Corner
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

K-Rod, Soriano remain free agents; do the Mets need a veteran arm?

The New York Mets’ projected bullpen has the potential to be ranked among the league’s best come the end of the season. But baseball, like life, makes no promises. Especially when talking about relievers. While the club’s premier flame-throwers may perform well enough to look back and deem this writing useless, there remains the possibility that the team will need a veteran...
Via Around Citi
January 11, 2015  |  Discuss
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