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29 Rafael Soriano RP
Height/Weight: 6-1/230 | Birthdate: 12/19/1979 | Birthplace: San Jose, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: /images/baseball/mlb/players/170x170/210750.png | Owned/Started%: 76/57 | Average Draft Position: 9999

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Free agent closer Rafael Soriano ready to move workouts stateside


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Free agent closer Rafael Soriano will soon arrive at the Boras Sport Training Institute in Miami Lakes to resume his workouts, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Soriano, who is still looking to sign a major-league contract, has been throwing in the Dominican Republic.

Heyman suggests the Blue Jays, Dodgers, Indians, Marlins, Nationals, Tigers, Rangers and Angels could all be in the market for bullpen help.

One AL scout said Toronto makes the most sense for Soriano with Aaron Sanchez moving to the rotation and Brett Cecil slow to recover from a shoulder injury, but word is the Blue Jays aren't ready to make a play for Soriano.

"His best days are behind him, but (the Blue Jays) do need help," the scout said.


Marlins unlikely to add reliever now


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Marlins are unlikely to add a reliever now that Francisco Rodriguez is off the market, according to MLB.com.

The Marlins were involved in negotiations for K-Rod through at least Wednesday, and were reportedly willing to offer $10 million over two years. The club has been looking for a veteran reliever for some time, but may pass now that Rodriguez has signed with the Brewers.

Both Rafael Soriano and Phil Coke have been connected to Miami, but the team would likely only sign those players to minor-league contracts.


Report: Dodgers looking to add relief pitcher


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) The Dodgers remain in the market for a relief pitcher, FOX Sports reports.

The Dodgers have made a fair number of acquisitions to the bullpen already this offseason, in the form of pitchers signed to minor-league deals as well as via trade. It's possible that the team is looking to add an impact arm to cover a potential injury to closer Kenley Jansen, and former closers Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano remain without contracts. Notable nonclosers left on the free-agent market include righties Joba Chamberlain and Brian Wilson as well as lefties Sean Burnett and Phil Coke.


Blue Jays have discussed adding RPs Papelbon, Soriano, K-Rod


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said the team has talked about adding relievers Rafael Soriano, Francisco Rodriguez and Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon to the roster, according to MLB Network Radio.

"We've talked about those names," Gibbons said Monday. "I know (Blue Jays general manager) Alex Anthopoulos has talked to their representatives and (Phillies general manager) Ruben (Amaro Jr.)."


Brewers still interested in adding closer-type reliever


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Brewers assistant general Gord Ash said Friday the team is still in the market for a closer-type reliever, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He said the team would like to make a move before spring training opens.

Ash said Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon and free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez are in play for the Brewers.

However, there is no apparent interest in signing former Nationals closer Rafael Soriano, and Ash said former Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain doesn't fit their plans either.


Report: Blue Jays looking at multiple free-agent relievers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) The Blue Jays are looking at multiple free-agent relievers, according to FoxSports.com.

The team has been in contact with Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Soriano and Burke Badenhop. Both Rodriguez and Soriano have closer experience, while Badenhop has only saved four games over his career. Badenhop, however, did post the lowest ERA of the bunch last year, coming in at 2.29. 

Rodriguez, 33, posted a 3.04 ERA over 68 innings last year. He saved 44 games with Milwaukee.

The 35-year-old Soriano posted a 3.19 ERA over 62 innings last season. He lost his closer role late in the season after going into a bit of a slump.


Brewers considering Shields, K-Rod, Soriano to bolster pitching staff


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) The Brewers are casting a wide net looking for pitching help after trading Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Free agent starting pitcher James Shields, and relievers Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano are on their radar, per Heyman. The Brewers are also considering trades as a way to bolster their pitching staff.


Nationals decline options on 1B LaRoche, RHP Soriano


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche and right-hander reliever Rafael Soriano appear destined for free agency after the team declind to pick up their options for 2015, per the Washington Post.

LaRoche rebounded well from a poor 2013. His .259/.362/.455 stat line was significantly improved from the previous year and he drove in 92 runs.

Soriano, however, struggled in the second half to lose the closer role to Drew Storen. He finished with a 4-1 record and 3.19 ERA that skyrocketed from 1.10 after July 27.


Report: Nationals unlikely to pick up option on RP Soriano


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) The Nationals will probably decline to exercise their $14 million option on former closer Rafael Soriano, who saved 75 games over the past two seasons, the Washington Post reported.

Soriano performed well in the first half of this season before a collapse forced the team to replace him in that role with Drew Storen.


Nationals might leave Rafael Soriano off NLDS roster?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams declined to talk Thursday about the postseason roster status of reliever Rafael Soriano, who was replaced as the team's closer in early September by Drew Storen.

"We'll determine the final roster when we get out of this workout," Williams said, per The Washington Post.


Rafael Soriano helps Drew Storen's chances


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/16/2014) Nationals right-hander Rafael Soriano, who recently took some time off to work on his mechanics, didn't help his chances of reclaiming the closer role in his second game back Monday at Atlanta.

While he entered in the ninth inning with the Nationals up by four -- sort of the closest thing to a save situation without being a save situation -- he needed Drew Storen, his replacement at closer, to bail him out with two outs and the tying run on base. In all, Soriano allowed two runs on two hits with one walk and one strikeout.

Manager Matt Williams recently said that having Soriano reclaim the closer role would be his best-case scenario, but as I wrote in the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, that scenario seems less likely now.

Frankly, I'd have no reservations about starting Storen in Fantasy, as good as he's been in the role.


Rafael Soriano working toward reclaiming ninth


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless seventh inning Saturday at the Mets in his first appearance since taking some time off to work on his mechanics. According to the Washington Post, he's working to stand taller on the mound and incorporate a brief pause at the top of his delivery. Standing taller helps him keep his pitches down in the zone.

"That's why the breaking ball is better now," Soriano said.

Manager Matt Williams said the best-case scenario is for Soriano to regain closing duties, but he's not to that point yet. Drew Storen has filled in admirably so far.

"We're winning and that's what's most important,” Soriano said. "[Storen has] done it before and knows how to do it. It's a team and if you're not doing something consistently you have to put another guy in there to help. I don't have any issue with that, especially if we're winning."


Nationals closer situation something to watch


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/11/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams has said Rafael Soriano is ready to appear in games again after spending a few days ironing out his mechanics. But the way Drew Storen has pitched in his absence, why would they go back to him in the ninth inning?

They probably won't, at least not right away, but managers operate by a set different set of guidelines than we do. They value homeostasis, perhaps to a fault, and this first-year manager may ultimately decide that the last couple weeks before the playoffs aren't the time for a bullpen shakeup, meaning if Soriano proves he can still do the job, he'll get a chance to.

Besides, as good as Storen has looked in three appearances filling in for Soriano, striking out six without allowing a hit or walk, it is just three appearances. A meltdown this weekend would change everything, wouldn't it?

That said, I'm rooting for Storen and, at least in shallower leagues where I have the luxury of changing my mind later, making a play for him. I go into greater detail as to why in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, but it's not like he hasn't done it before.


Manager: It's time to get Rafael Soriano back on mound


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Matt Williams has expressed the critical nature of getting former Nationals closer Rafael Soriano back into action soon after working on his mechanics in recent days.

"Very important," Williams told MASN Sports. "We gave him a couple of days. He worked on some things. He had a day (off) after that work. Now it's important for him to get in a game, of course. We want to get him in there and let him feel confident about the things that he worked on in the bullpen. There's nothing like getting into the game situation."

Soriano has lost the gig to Drew Storen, who is perfect in three save situations since taking over.


Rafael Soriano to get a few days off from closing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano will take a few days off from the closer's role, after blowing his seventh save of the season Friday night.

Soriano told the Washington Post he spoke with manager Matt Williams about his struggles, and will try to pinpoint the exact cause of his issues. He will study video to see if there are any mechanical changes he can make to get back on track, and will likely throw a bullpen session Monday to put them to use.

Soriano has struggled mightily since the All-Star break, after being essentially untouchable in the first half of the season. He has a 6.98 ERA In 25 1/3 innings since the break, with five blown saves in 14 tries. 


Rafael Soriano blows seventh save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano's struggles continued Friday, as he blew the save in a 9-8 loss to the Phillies.

Soriano entered the game with a three-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, and simply couldn't keep the ball in the yard. He allowed Carlos Ruiz to cut the lead to one with a two-run home run, and then gave up just the second home run of Ben Revere's career to blow the save.

Soriano was charged with three runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning as he blew his second save in a row. He has 31 saves in 38 opportunities on the season, though his ERA is still just 3.04 in 56 1/3 innings overall. 


Rafael Soriano hangs on Monday for 31st save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano delivered a shaky save Monday, giving up one earned run on two hits and one walk in one inning while striking out two in his team's 6-4 win over the Dodgers.

Soriano handled the first two batters of the ninth inning before issuing a walk, and after the runner took second base, he came around to score on a single. The closer surrendered another single to bring the potential winning run to the plate, but he struck out Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson to end the game. Soriano owns a 2.63 ERA and 52:17 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings.


Rafael Soriano picks up 30th save vs. Mariners


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano struck out one and permitted two hits in a scoreless ninth inning for the save Saturday night against the Mariners in Seattle. He has converted 30 of 35 save chances, with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over 53 2/3 innings of relief.

Rafael Soriano picks up rare win Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano picked up a rare win Thursday against the Diamondbacks. 

Soriano entered with the game tied, and was able to get through the inning without giving up any runs. He did issue a walk, but worked out of trouble with an inning-ending double play. Soriano was the beneficiary of the Nationals hot stretch. In the bottom of the inning, the Nats were able to mount a comeback, scoring on a throwing error to end the game. With the win, Soriano improved to 4-1. 


Rafael Soriano picks up win vs. Diamondbacks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano earned a win Wednesday, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning and striking out one in his team's 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Soriano (3-1) induced two fly balls for outs before striking out the last batter in the top of the ninth. He then watched the offense score a walkoff win with three singles in the bottom half of the inning. Soriano owns a 2.54 ERA and 46:15 K:BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings.


Rafael Soriano to remain Nationals' closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) It was another rough outing for Nationals closer Rafael Soriano during Sunday's game against the Pirates. The right-handed reliever suffered his fifth blown save after allowing three runs on two hits and one walk in one-third of an inning.

Soriano has had his struggles since the All-Star break, going 1-1 with three blown saves and a 7.71 ERA in 13 outings. 

Nationals manager Matt Williams said he could "potentially" reshuffle the bullpen in order for Soriano to pitch less in high-leverage situations to allow him time to iron out his problems. However, Williams reiterated Soriano is the team's closer, per The Washington Post.

"He’s been our closer all year and I don’t see that changing as of right now," Soriano said. "He’s been up a lot recently, pitching a lot of games and hopefully the games don’t present themselves like that and we can give him some rest and give him a chance to cool down a little bit and kick back. … It’s just been a little off, that’s all."


Rafael Soriano picks up another save Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano picked up a save Friday against the Pirates.

Soriano entered the game with a two run lead. He made things interesting, giving up a run. With the tying run on base, Soriano gave up an additional single. He managed to induce a game-ending groundout with the possible go-ahead run on first base. It was Soriano's 29th save of the season. 


Rafael Soriano picks up the save Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Nationals pitcher Rafael Soriano picked up a save Thursday against the Mets.

Soriano entered the game with a three-run lead, and quickly closed the door. He pitched a perfect inning, not registering a strikeout or a walk. It was Soriano's 28th save of the year. 


Rafael Soriano serves up home run, locks down save vs. Mets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano gave up one earned run on three hits Wednesday but picked up his 27th save in his team's 3-2 victory over the Mets.

Soriano allowed a leadoff home run and watched the lead shrink to one run, but he was able to pitch around two more hits and avoid blowing the save opportunity. He owns a 1.94 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 45:14 K:BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings.


Rafael Soriano off Wednesday, following blown save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano was given the day off Wednesday, after appeared in four games over the last week. He blew his fourth save of the season Tuesday against the Marlins, but manager Matt Williams told CSNWashington.com he will be back in the closer's role beginning Thursday.