Rafael Soriano
RP CHC
9 months ago

Soriano will retire after 14 major league seasons, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Soriano pitched in just 5.2 MLB innings last year with a 63.5 ERA as he looked washed up at 35 years old. Overall, though, Soriano had a stellar career, finishing with 207 saves and a 2.89 ERA (144 ERA+) in 636.1 innings. He came up as a 22-year-old with the Mariners in 2002 and enjoyed stints with Atlanta, Tampa Bay, the Yankees and Washington before his brief last season with the Cubs.

Rafael Soriano
RP CHC
9 months ago

Soriano is not in camp yet as he and the Blue Jays are still working out some visa issues, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsbet reports.

EDGE Analysis

This has happened for a decent amount of players this offseason, so it shouldn't keep the reliever out of camp for too long. Once he arrives, Soriano will compete for a bullpen spot with Toronto.

Rafael Soriano
RP CHC
9 months ago

Soriano signed a minor league deal with a spring training invite with the Blue Jays on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Soriano had about as rough a 2015 as possible, waiting until June to sign a minor league deal with the Cubs, then struggling in five innings amid shoulder issues. It's not likely the 36-year-old reaches his old peak, but a healthy showing could land him in the late innings. Given his age however, that's a long shot.

Rafael Soriano
RP CHC
1 year ago

Soriano was released by the Cubs on Saturday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Soriano was believed to be a candidate for the closer role after joining the club, but the veteran hurler barely saw any time with the Cubs. Over six appearances with the big league club, Soriano allowed four runs over 5.2 innings on eight hits and two home runs. While it's possible he will latch on somewhere, he'll likely need to earn a spot on a big league roster.

Rafael Soriano
RP CHC
1 year ago

Soriano (shoulder) was designated for assignment Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Soriano continues to rehab a shoulder injury at Triple-A Iowa, and he'll be removed from the 40-man roster in order for the team to add Austin Jackson and David Ross. Once healthy, Soriano figures to return to the Cubs, but a corresponding move would need to be made.

Rafael Soriano
RP CHC
1 year ago

Soriano (shoulder) has joined Triple-A Iowa to begin a rehab assignment, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Soriano was cleared to throw to live hitters a week ago and has now joined Iowa for what figures to be a relatively brief rehab assignment. The right-hander will likely make a couple appearances with the affiliate and return to the Cubs once rosters expand in September.

Rafael Soriano
RP CHC
1 year ago

Soriano made his debut in the Cubs organization Monday, striking out three batters in a scoreless inning for Double-A Tennessee, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Soriano jumped out to a quick start, although he did allow a hit in the outing. He hopes to join the Chicago bullpen at some point after the All-Star break, and a strong stint in the minors would help his chances of pitching in save situations.

Rafael Soriano
RP CHC
1 year ago

Soriano will begin pitching at Double-A Tennessee in the near future, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Soriano, who signed with the Cubs nearly a month ago, has been working out at the team's facility in Arizona, and he'll now report to Tennessee to begin pitching in minor league games. The hope is that he'll throw well enough to potentially work his way up to the big leagues after the All-Star break.

Rafael Soriano
RP CHC
2 years 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
2 years 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.