Rafael Soriano RP WAS 2 Months

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 WAS 2 Months

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.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 3 Months

Soriano has made the Nationals' postseason roster, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports.

Despite being dropped from the closer's role in early September and seeing minimal usage in the season's final month, Soriano will be one of a handful of pitchers manager Matt Williams turns to in middle relief. Even with his September swoon, Soriano finished with respectable numbers on the season, posting a 3.19 ERA and 59 strikeouts over 62 innings.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 3 Months

Soriano picked up the save Sunday against Miami despite allowing an earned run.

Because Drew Storen pitched both Friday and Saturday, Soriano was given a chance to close things out Sunday. The 34-year-old was shaky in August (4.38 ERA) and has been even worse in September, allowing seven earned runs over 7.1 innings.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 3 Months

Soriano had a perfect ninth inning during Thursday's non-save situation at Miami.

Soriano entered the game with a four-run lead, and quickly retired the side. Drew Storen has been lights out as the team's closer recently, so it would be a surprise if manager Matt Williams turned back to Soriano.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 3 Months

Soriano got the call in the ninth inning Monday to protect a four run lead, but coughed up two runs on two hits and a walk while recording just two outs.

Drew Storen had to come on to get the final out. Any chance Soriano might have had of regaining his closer spot before the end of the regular season probably evaporated on Monday.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 3 Months

Soriano pitched the eighth inning in Wednesday's loss to the Braves, giving up two hits in a scoreless frame while striking out one.

His slider seemed sharper than it had been when he was removed from the closer job, but he still gave up a few hard-hit balls. With Drew Storen looking very good in ninth-inning duties, expect Soriano to continue to work in low-leverage situations for the time being.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 3 Months

Soriano threw a bullpen session on Monday and felt he was better able to keep the ball down in the strike zone, the Washington Post reports. "He's flying open," pitching coach Steve McCatty said. "We've talked about it a million times with pitchers. When you're flying open, the ball gets elevated. Just staying back and getting in a proper position, and releasing the ball out front instead of falling behind you."

Drew Storen has looked very good in converting two saves while Soriano gets his mechanics under control, so don't look for the Nats to rush Soriano back into the closer role. Look for him to see work in non-save situations this week before manager Matt Williams considers giving him his job back.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 3 Months

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Saturday that the team will go without a set closer for the time being, Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com reports.

The club will attempt to get Soriano, who gave up two homers Friday en route to his seventh blown save of the year, back on track by resting him and having him refine his mechanics in a bullpen session. Once the Nats feels confident in where he's at, they will likely start him off with some lower-leverage work. Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen and Matt Thornton were all named as candidates to see save chances depending on the matchups, but Clippard seems like the obvious choice to see most of the opportunities.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 3 Months

When asked about the closer situation after Friday's extra-inning loss to the Phillies, Nationals manager Matt Williams said, "We'll address it, yeah. We need to address it", the Washington Post reports.

Williams mentioned Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Matt Thornton as potential ninth-inning replacements for Soriano should he be yanked from the closer role, even if on a temporary basis. If Williams makes the switch on Saturday though look for Storen, who only faced one batter on Friday, to get the nod.