Rafael Soriano RP CHC 3 weeks ago

Soriano isn't expected to join the Cubs until after the All-Star break, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Soriano could provide some value as a potential closer candidate, but it won't come until the second half of the season. Hector Rondon was recently pulled out of the role for the Cubs, with a rotation now occurring. It's no lock that Soriano will close out games, but a good showing in the minors would certainly increase his chances.

Rafael Soriano RP CHC 3 weeks ago

Soriano signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Tuesday, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

As expected, Soriano and the Cubs were able to work out an agreement, bolstering the team's bullpen depth. It's unclear how much time the 35-year-old reliever will need in the minor leagues before he's a candidate to join the big-league club, but Soriano could eventually be an option in the ninth inning. Hector Rondon served as closer for the first two months of the season, but with Rondon struggling recently, manager Joe Maddon said the team won't have fixed bullpen roles for the time being. Accordingly, Pedro Strop and Jason Motte both picked up saves over the weekend.

Rafael Soriano RP CHC 3 weeks ago

Soriano and the Cubs are close to reaching an agreement, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Soriano would likely sign a minor league deal, but he could be an option for the Chicago bullpen within the next few weeks. Although he has plenty of experience as a closer, Soriano may need to prove that he's still capable of filling a late-inning role. Chicago would be one of the better landing sports for him to eventually enter the mix for saves, as the Cubs have a clear-cut closer at the moment. Hector Rondon filled that role for most of the season, but Pedro Strop and Jason Motte have both picked up saves in the last few days. Manager Joe Maddon said he doesn't want to commit to fixed roles at the moment.

Rafael Soriano RP CHC 2 months ago

The Marlins have expressed interest in signing Soriano, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.

With closer Steve Cishek struggling, the Marlins are exploring other alternatives. Manager Mike Redmond hinted that Cishek will be removed from the ninth-inning role, leaving A.J. Ramos and Bryan Morris as the leading candidates to pick up saves. Even if he's signed in the coming days, Soriano will likely need some time to get big-league ready. Additionally, he wouldn't necessarily serve as the Marlins' closer, following a solid but unspectacular 2014 campaign as the Nationals' closer.

Rafael Soriano RP CHC 2 months ago

Soriano's agent, Scott Boras, says calls about his client's services are increasing, the Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports.

Soriano says he wants to play this season and has reportedly been throwing and working out. However, he'll likely need several weeks to get back into game shape. A MLB team with a need for a bullpen arm will likely sign him at some point, but Boras is likely holding out for a significant deal.

Rafael Soriano RP CHC 3 months ago

Soriano is talking with multiple teams but signing with a team isn't imminent, the Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com reports.

Soriano says he wants to play this season and has reportedly been throwing and working out. He'll likely miss the first month or two of the season even if he signs quickly as he'd need time to get up to speed in the minors.

Rafael Soriano RP CHC 3 months ago

Minnesota has inquired about watching Soriano throw, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.

Minnesota has reportedly been in the market for a veteran arm to add to the bullpen, but Soriano would appear to be too expensive for a rebuilding team. However, the Twins did unexpectedly sign Kendrys Morales last year as a free agent after Opening Day, so perhaps they could sign Soriano and trade him later if needed. Soriano remains unsigned as a free agent but has been throwing and is likely conducting workouts for teams.

Rafael Soriano RP CHC 3 months ago

Soriano has been throwing in the Dominican Republic and will begin working out at the Boras Sport Training Institute in Miami Lakes, Florida this week, CBSSports.com reports.

The report implies that Soriano's moving of his training to the U.S. indicates he'll sign with a team shortly. It sounds like Soriano plans to play again this year and he could still find a prominent role in a major league bullpen. However, it's getting late enough in spring training that he may need to stay in extended spring training to be ready.

Rafael Soriano RP CHC 8 months ago

The Nationals officially declined to pick up the 2015 option on Soriano's contract, the Washington Post reports.

He amassed 75 saves in two seasons for Washington, but after losing the closer job to Drew Storen down the stretch it was all but a foregone conclusion that he'd be cut loose this offseason. Depending on where he lands, Soriano could find himself right back in the closer mix with another club.

Rafael Soriano RP CHC 9 months ago

The Nationals will likely decline Soriano's option for next season, NBC Sports reports.

Soriano struggled in the second half, losing the closer role to Drew Storen. The option was worth $14 million, so it's not a surprising move by the team. Despite his late struggles, Soriano did finish the season with a 3.19 ERA and 32 saves, so he could still command some interest on the open market.