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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/players/unknown_hat.gif | Owned/Started%: 76/57 | Average Draft Position: 152.06

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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.  

Rafael Soriano implodes Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano imploded Monday against the Rockies. 

Soriano entered the game with a three-run lead, but couldn't hold on. Soriano walked the leadoff batter. He then allowed a double, a run-scoring single, a sac fly and a triple to the next three hitters to tie the game. After a mound visit, Soriano hit Donovan Solano with a pitch. He was removed from the game at that point. Jerry Blevins entered and managed to get a strikeout. With two outs, he allowed a game-winning single. All four runs were charged to Soriano.

In one-third of an inning, he gave up four runs on three hits. He walked one and did not record any strikeouts. With the loss, Soriano fell to 2-1. 


Rafael Soriano saves number 25 Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano saved his 25th game Sunday against the Reds.

Soriano wasn't supposed to appear in the game after the team took a 4-0 lead heading into the ninth, but plans changed after two singles. Soriano entered the contest with two men on base, and promptly allowed them to score on a double. He settled in at that point, striking out the next hitter. Soriano then got a groundout and flyout to finish off the Reds.

In his one inning of work, Soriano gave up one hit and struck out one batter.


Rafael Soriano converts 24th save Friday night


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Nationals pitcher Rafael Soriano worked his way past a hit and a walk as he struck out two to close out a 4-1 victory over the Reds on Friday, Soriano has converted 24 saves in 27 chances, with a 1.13 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP over 40 innings of relief.

Rafael Soriano picks up the save Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Nationals pitcher Rafael Soriano picked up his 23rd save Tuesday against the Rockies.

Soriano entered the game with a three-run lead in the ninth inning. He allowed a leadoff double to open the frame, but settled in shortly after that. Soriano forced two fly outs and one strikeout to finish off Colorado. His ERA dropped to 1.15 following the appearance. 


Rafael Soriano earns win after suffering third blown save


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano was dealt his third blown save Sunday against the Brewers. However, he improved to 2-0 as Washington plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning and walked away with a 5-4 win.

Soriano had a rocky top of the ninth inning. After retiring the first batter, Soriano allowed a single to Scooter Gennett and a walk to Carlos Gomez. Gennett then scored on Rickie Weeks' RBI single. 

Soriano worked out of the jam as Weeks was caught stealing and Ryan Braun flied out to center field. He then earned the win as Jayson Werth had an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth.


Rafael Soriano Ks the side for the save in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano struck out the side in the 10th inning, closing out a 5-3 win in extras over the Phillies on Saturday. Soriano has converted 22 of 24 save chances, with a 0.97 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP over 37 innings of relief.

Rafael Soriano nails down 21st save


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning Sunday, closing out a 2-1 win over the Cubs for his 21st save. Soriano threw just eight pitches while lowering his ERA to 1.03. He has 21 saves in 23 opportunities.