Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen, and now new kid on the block Rafael Soriano are going to be closing out games for the 2013 Nationals. That’s a lock down 7th, 8th, and 9th.
Nats GM Mike Rizzo patronized his favorite super-agent Scott Boras and signed Soriano to a 2-year, $28 million deal. His $14 million is the second highest AAV among relief pitchers (next to Mariano Rivera).
In 2012, Soriano saved 42 of 45 after Rivera went on the DL, tied for third most among relievers. The 33-year-old has 132 career saves and more than 500 innings of major league work as a relief pitcher. He flaunts a career 1.043 WHIP and 153 ERA+ and was the prized bullpen piece of this offseason class.
Soriano’s contract includes a 2015 option will vest if Soriano finishes 120 games in the next two seasons.
Zach Duke, Craig Stammen, Ryan Mattheus, Henry Rodriguez, and Christian Garcia are currently the other bullpen components battling it out for the 25-man roster.
The Rizzo-Boras relationship continues to grow and prosper and Washington has become a reliable Cosimo de Medici to Boras’ work. The two began working closely together during the Stephen Strasburg signing of 2009 and cemented itself with the Jayson Werth mega-deal of 2010.