current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
#29 P | 6'4", 230 lbs. | Washington
Birth Date:December 19, 1979 (34 years old) Place of Birth:San Jose, DOM
Drafted:Signed by Seattle in 1996.
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
Drafted:Signed by Seattle in 1996.
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
|Assets:||Has an extremely live arm and great stuff. His fastball can get into the upper 90's and he mixes in a good slider and change. Can work himself out of jams.|
|Flaws:||Is injury-prone, which hinders his overall value. Can give up too many long balls when he starts losing trust in his ability in tight spots. Is inconsistent.|
|Career Potential:||Inconsistent but talented veteran late-inning reliever.|
Career Honors & Awards
|AL||Rolaids Relief Man||2010|
|Named to the All-Star Game||2010|
|California League (A)||All-Star Team||2001|
Movements & Injuries
|4/25/2013||Missed 3 games (personal reasons).|
|4/22/2013||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|1/15/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Washington Nationals to a two-year contract.|
|10/31/2012||Declined his contract option with the New York Yankees for the 2013 season.|
|6/12/2012||Missed 1 game (finger injury).|
|6/11/2012||Finger injury, day-to-day.|
|7/29/2011||Missed 66 games (right elbow injury).|
|6/15/2011||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (right elbow injury).|
|5/17/2011||Right elbow injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 14th, 2011).|
|5/15/2011||Right elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|5/13/2011||Missed 3 games (right elbow injury).|
|5/10/2011||Right elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|4/25/2011||Missed 2 games (sore back).|
|4/23/2011||Sore back, day-to-day.|
|1/13/2011||Signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees to a three-year contract.|
|12/10/2009||Acquired from the Atlanta Braves.|
|12/07/2009||Re-signed by the Tampa Bay Rays to a one-year contract.|
|8/19/2009||Missed 2 games (right shoulder injury).|
|8/17/2009||Right shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|9/02/2008||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (right elbow inflammation).|
|8/03/2008||Right elbow inflammation, 15-day DL.|
|7/21/2008||Missed 37 games (right elbow injury).|
|6/14/2008||Right elbow injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to June 6).|
|6/13/2008||Right elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|5/28/2008||Missed 46 games (elbow injury).|
|4/09/2008||Elbow injury, 15-day DL.|
|1/24/2008||Re-signed by the Atlanta Braves to a two-year contract.|
|9/28/2007||Suspension reduced by MLB from 4 to 2 games.|
|9/20/2007||Suspended by MLB for 4 games.|
|1/16/2007||Re-signed by the Atlanta Braves to a one-year contract.|
|12/07/2006||Acquired from the Seattle Mariners.|
|10/02/2006||Missed the last 30 games of the regular season (concussion).|
|8/04/2006||Missed 12 games (right shoulder injury).|
|7/29/2006||Right shoulder injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to July 20).|
|7/04/2006||Missed 5 games (right shoulder injury).|
|7/03/2006||Right shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|12/30/2005||Re-signed by the Seattle Mariners to a one-year contract.|
|9/05/2005||Missed 136 games (tommy John surgery).|
|4/01/2005||Tommy John surgery, 60-day DL.|
|10/04/2004||Missed 131 games to the end of the regular season (right elbow injury).|
|5/11/2004||Right elbow injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 10th).|
|5/04/2004||Recalled from San Antonio (AA).|
|4/14/2004||Optioned to Inland Empire (A).|
|6/16/2003||Recalled from Tacoma (AAA).|
|5/08/2003||Optioned to Tacoma (AAA).|
|4/24/2003||Recalled from Tacoma (AAA).|
|3/29/2003||Optioned to Tacoma (AAA).|
|3/02/2003||Re-signed by the Seattle Mariners to a one-year contract.|
|8/02/2002||Missed 26 games (strained right shoulder).|
|8/02/2002||Optioned to San Antonio (AA).|
|7/10/2002||Strained right shoulder, 15-day DL.|
|5/08/2002||Recalled from San Antonio (AA).|
|3/14/2002||Optioned to San Antonio (AA).|
|2/11/2002||Re-signed by the Seattle Mariners to a minor league contract.|
|3/13/2001||Optioned to San Bernadino (A).|
|1/15/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Washington Nationals.|
|1/13/2011||Signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees.|
|12/10/2009||Tampa Bay Rays traded Jesse Chavez to the Atlanta Braves for Rafael Soriano.|
|12/07/2006||Seattle Mariners traded Rafael Soriano to the Atlanta Braves for Horacio Ramirez.|
|8/30/1996||Signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Seattle Mariners.|
Nationals closer Rafael Soriano allowed a run but converted the save against the Marlins on Sunday. | 09/21/2014 6:39 PM
NewsNationals closer Rafael Soriano allowed a run but converted the save against the Marlins on Sunday.
ImpactWith closer Drew Storen unavailable, Soriano received the chance to pitch the ninth. Soriano gave up a leadoff double, which came around to score on a sacrifice fly, but Soriano preserved the one-run victory.
Nationals closer Rafael Soriano could lose his ninth inning role after another blown save Friday night. | 09/06/2014 10:22 AM
NewsNationals closer Rafael Soriano could lose his ninth inning role after another blown save Friday night.
ImpactSoriano's 9.00 ERA and 2.11 WHIP in his last 10 appearances explain the reason. He has seven blown saves including his last two opportunities. The Nationals have two solid options in Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen.
Going into Monday's game, Nationals closer Rafael Soriano had allowed just five runs in 40 innings this season (1.10 ERA), but he gave up four runs in a blown save at Miami. | 07/28/2014 10:38 PM
NewsGoing into Monday's game, Nationals closer Rafael Soriano had allowed just five runs in 40 innings this season (1.10 ERA), but he gave up four runs in a blown save at Miami.
ImpactSoriano's hiccup cost Jordan Zimmermann a win. He's blown four saves in 29 chances this season, but he still has a 1.96 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP even after Monday's game.
Soriano blows third save, picks up second win | 07/20/2014 5:24 PM
NewsRafael Soriano blew the save in the top of the ninth, but escaped with the win as the Nationals walked off against the Brewers on Sunday.
ImpactIt was a rare moment of fallibility for the veteran closer. With one out, Soriano allowed a single, a walk, and then an RBI single to Rickie Weeks to tie the ballgame at 4-4. Carlos Gomez was caught stealing and Ryan Braun flied out to end the threat. Teammate Jayson Werth picked Soriano up in the bottom half of the ninth, ripping a walk-off RBI double, so Soriano escaped with the win. The 34-year-old is now 22-for-25 in save opportunities with a 1.18 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP, and a 36/12 K/BB ratio.
Soriano notches 21st save vs. Cubs on Sunday | 07/06/2014 5:56 PM
NewsRafael Soriano tossed a perfect ninth inning to earn his 21st save of the season against the Cubs on Sunday.
ImpactSoriano needed just eight pitches to dispatch the Cubs in the ninth, inducing two ground balls and a flyout. He's now got 21 saves in 23 chances this year, owning a strong 1.03 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 32/11 K/BB ratio in 35 innings of work.
Soriano escapes with 20th save vs. Rockies | 07/02/2014 9:41 PM
NewsRafael Soriano narrowly escaped with his 20th save, working a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Rockies.
ImpactSoriano got into trouble after recording two quick outs, walking Michael McKenry and allowing a single to D.J. LeMahieu. But he was able to get Josh Rutledge to pop out to right field to end the contest. Soriano is now 20-for-22 in save chances with a 1.06 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP, and a 32/11 K/BB ratio. It's been a fantastic season for the 34-year-old.
Rafael Soriano slams door on Cubs in ninth | 06/28/2014 5:03 PM
NewsRafael Soriano slammed the door on the Cubs in the ninth inning on Saturday, retiring all three hitters that he faced en route to his 19th save of the season.
ImpactThe 34-year-old hurler has looked completely rejuvenated this season, compiling a microscopic 1.09 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 31/10 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, while converting 19 of his 21 save opportunities.
Soriano strikes out the side for 17th save | 06/22/2014 4:39 PM
NewsRafael Soriano struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning for his 17th save of the season Sunday against the Braves.
ImpactSoriano's strikeouts dipped a bit last year, as the right-hander fanned 51 in 66 2/3 innings, but he's now struck out 29 batters in 31 innings so far this season. It's just one of the ways in which the 34-year-old has been fantastic this year, as he's got a 1.16 ERA and 0.87 WHIP after Sunday's outing. The closer appears to still have some good years in him yet.
Soriano earns 16th save as Nats top Braves | 06/21/2014 10:09 PM
NewsRafael Soriano earned his 16th save of the season Saturday in the Nationals' defeat of the Braves.
ImpactSoriano retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, using only 14 pitches -- eight of which were strikes. He has a 1.20 ERA on the season.
Soriano grabs 15th save in win over Astros | 06/18/2014 10:58 PM
NewsRafael Soriano grabbed his 15th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Astros.
ImpactThe Astros didn't put up much of a threat, mustering only a two-out single off of the right-hander, who recorded two strikeouts in the effort. Soriano is now 15-for-17 in save chances with a 1.29 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, and a 25/10 K/BB ratio on the season.
Soriano picks up 14th save in win over HOU | 06/17/2014 11:18 PM
NewsRafael Soriano held the Astros scoreless in the ninth inning to pick up his 14th save on Tuesday.
ImpactSoriano worked around a one-out walk to nail down the win for the Nationals. The 34-year-old right-hander has been great for the Nationals, as he's converted 14 of 16 save opportunities and has a 1.33 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and a 23/10 K/BB ratio.
Soriano allows 1 run but escapes with save | 06/11/2014 1:32 AM
NewsRafael Soriano allowed one run but escaped to earn his 13th victory in Tuesday's win against the Giants on Tuesday.
ImpactSoriano inherited a 2-0 lead and coughed up a leadoff Brandon Crawford triple to deep right center. Brandon Hicks' ground out to shortstop scored Crawford, but Soriano dispatched of the next two batters to escape the frame. The veteran has given up runs in each of his last two appearances, but he still sports a fine 1.44 ERA.
Rafael Soriano converts 12th save Thursday | 06/05/2014 7:08 PM
NewsRafael Soriano struck out two over a perfect inning to nail down a save in Thursday's win over the Phillies.
ImpactChase Utley grounded out to start the ninth before Soriano got Ryan Howard and John Mayberry swinging to preserve the two-run lead. Soriano was often shaky for the Nationals last season, but he's been terrific this year with a 0.78 ERA and 12 saves over 13 opportunities.
Soriano tosses scoreless inning for 11th save | 05/25/2014 5:07 PM
NewsRafael Soriano threw a clean ninth inning to earn his 11th save of the season against the Pirates on Sunday.
ImpactSoriano induced three fly balls to close out the win. He's now got a 0.90 ERA -- both of his earned runs allowed on the year came in his lone blown save on May 10 -- and 1.00 WHIP in 20 innings. He's not one of the elite closers, but he's still plenty capable of getting the job done.
Soriano picks up 10th save as Nats top Mets | 05/18/2014 4:41 PM
NewsRafael Soriano tossed a perfect ninth inning to pick up his tenth save as the Nationals defeated the Mets 6-3 on Sunday.
ImpactA hiccup on May 10 against the Athletics aside, Soriano has been money for the Nationals in the ninth inning thus far. Along with 10 saves in 11 chances, Soriano has a 1.00 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, and a 16/7 K/BB ratio in 18 innings.
Soriano evades trouble to pick up ninth save | 05/16/2014 10:32 PM
NewsRafael Soriano worked around a pair of walks in the ninth inning to pick up his ninth save as the Nationals defeated the Mets 5-2 on Friday.
ImpactSoriano got two quick outs, but walked Juan Lagares and Eric Young, Jr. to bring the tying run to the plate in Daniel Murphy. Murphy hit a deep fly ball to right field, but Jayson Werth leaped and snagged the ball for the final out of the ball game. Soriano is now 9-for-10 in save opportunities with a 1.06 ERA and a 15/7 K/BB ratio in 17 innings.
Soriano allows 2 Hs but escapes with 0 ER, S | 05/13/2014 12:57 AM
NewsRafael Soriano was a little shaky in earning his eighth save Monday in a 6-5 win against the Diamondbacks, allowing two hits in a scoreless inning.
ImpactIt's not a surprise that he was a little off his game, as Soriano wasn't expecting to pitch. Washington trailed for most of the contest but surged to a 6-5 lead with two runs in the top of the ninth inning, extending the game with a save opportunity for the veteran closer. Soriano allowed a single, but erased it with a double play. Then Gerardo Parra blasted a ground-rule double to left before Soriano induced a Martin Prado groundout to end the affair. Soriano is 8-for-9 in save conversions with a 1.20 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
Rafael Soriano takes first blown save | 05/11/2014 12:08 AM
NewsRafael Soriano took his first blown save of the year after giving up two runs in the ninth Saturday against the A's.
ImpactThe tying run scored in odd fashion, with Soriano cutting off a throw from left field that had a legitimate chance of getting Josh Donaldson at the plate. What's worse is that Soriano shouldn't have been in any such position to do so; he spaced on his responsibility to back up home plate at the play. The off night on the mound is no big deal -- Soriano hadn't so much as allowed a run in his previous 13 innings this year -- but we wonder what Matt Williams will say and/or do now. Soriano's crime was certainly worse than the one that got Bryce Harper benched.
Soriano earns seventh save, Nats top Dodgers | 05/07/2014 5:59 PM
NewsRafael Soriano collected his seventh save of the year Wednesday in the Nationals' 3-2 win over the Dodgers.
ImpactSoriano struck out Juan Uribe and Matt Kemp in a perfect ninth inning to preserve the Nats' one-run lead. Soriano has a 0.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 13 innings this season, and he is 7-for-7 in save opportunities.
Soriano secures sixth save of season | 05/02/2014 10:31 PM
NewsRafael Soriano tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Phillies to secure his sixth save of the season.
ImpactSoriano issued a leadoff walk to Carlos Ruiz, but got Cody Asche to ground into a double-play before retiring Freddy Galvis on a foul pop-up to end it. The veteran closer is a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities this season and has yet to allow a run in 11 innings of work.
Soriano works out of trouble for fifth save | 04/29/2014 11:47 PM
NewsRafael Soriano worked into and out of trouble Tuesday to earn his fifth save of the season.
ImpactSoriano got two quick outs against the Astros before walking Matt Dominguez and Jonathan Villar to bring the winning run to the plate in the form of the Astros' best hitter, Jose Altuve. But Soriano got Altuve to fly out to end the game. It hasn't always been glamorous, but the 34-year-old is now five-for-five in save opportunities without allowing a run all season.
Soriano notches fourth save of season | 04/18/2014 10:02 PM
NewsRafael Soriano pitched a scoreless innings against the Cardinals on Friday for his fourth save of the season.
ImpactSoriano issued a one-out walk to Mark Ellis, but he was able to get Shane Robinson to ground into a double play to end it. The veteran right-hander hander has a 10/1 K/BB ratio over seven scoreless frames so far this season.
Soriano earns third save as Nats beat Fish | 04/16/2014 10:12 PM
NewsRafael Soriano earned his third save of the season with a perfect ninth inning as the Nationals defeated the Marlins 6-3 on Wednesday.
ImpactWith concerns about Soriano's age and declining velocity surrounding him entering the season, the right-hander has been lights out in the early going. In six innings, Soriano has struck out 10, walked none, and completed all three of his save chances.
Soriano picks up save as Nats beat Marlins | 04/09/2014 11:34 PM
NewsRafael Soriano cinched his second save of the season as the Nationals defeated the Marlins 10-7 on Wednesday.
ImpactJayson Werth gave the Nationals the lead with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth, so Soriano warmed up quickly and took the hill in the ninth to get the save. It was not without strife, as Soriano had runners on first and third with the tying run at the plate before recording the final out. Soriano also struck out two, bringing him up to six with no walks in three innings.
Soriano picks up first save in win over ATL | 04/06/2014 4:38 PM
NewsRafael Soriano earned his first save of the season Sunday in the Nationals' win over the Braves.
ImpactSoriano was called on to protect a 2-1 lead, and despite allowing two singles he was able to get the job done. The 34-year-old's fastball was sitting 91-92 mph but he was able to strike out two, including getting Jason Heyward swinging to end the game. He may not be the prolific closer he once was, but Soriano still has enough left in the tank to be an effective stopper.
Rafael Soriano gives up first homer | 03/22/2014 5:20 PM
NewsRafael Soriano gave up a homer in his inning Saturday, but he still lowered his spring ERA from 19.44 to 17.36.
ImpactSoriano has allowed nine runs in 4 2/3 innings this spring, even though the homer today by Marcell Ozuna was the first he's allowed and he still hasn't walked a better. He's also struck out eight. However, he's showed diminished velocity and he's given up 11 hits. Most likely, he'll be adequate when the games begin to count. However, he's a poor value pick in fantasy leagues this year.
Rafael Soriano gives up two runs in debut | 03/07/2014 4:55 PM
NewsRafael Soriano made his spring debut on Friday and allowed two runs and three hits in an inning against the Astros.
ImpactWe're hoping for a bit more velocity from Soriano this year, though not necessarily on March 7. He seems like one of the weaker value picks among closers right now.
Rafael Soriano down 10 pounds over the winter | 02/17/2014 8:34 AM
NewsRafael Soriano dropped 10 pounds over the winter.
ImpactSoriano posted a 6.9 K/9 in 2013, well below his career average, and his fastball lost over a mile per hour. "I mean, I don't feel too comfortable about last year, how the game happened for me," the 34-year-old closer said Monday in Nationals camp. "I want to see if I can get a little bit on my velocity, a little bit more."
Soriano locks up 41st save in win over Mets | 09/11/2013 10:49 PM
NewsRafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets on Wednesday to earn his 41st save of the season.
ImpactSoriano hit a rough patch in the middle of August but has now converted nine straight saves. He's yet to allow a run in September, posting a 0.67 WHIP and five strikeouts through six innings. Only the Braves' Craig Kimbrel has more saves in the National League this season.
Soriano earns 39th save on Sunday versus Fish | 09/08/2013 4:48 PM
NewsRafael Soriano notched his 39th save on Sunday by firing a perfect frame against the Marlins.
ImpactThe 33-year-old closer has pieced together six straight scoreless appearances, which very well may have saved his job. That successful stretch began in late August, a month in which Soriano posted a 5.84 ERA. He was coming off a 5.23 ERA in July. Over those two months, Soriano was slapped with two losses and three blown saves.
Rafael Soriano picks up 36th save | 09/01/2013 11:30 PM
NewsRafael Soriano picked up his 36th save on Sunday night against the Mets.
ImpactSoriano set down the side in order in the ninth inning and had two strikeouts. The 33-year-old closer has put together three straight scoreless appearances and owns a 3.59 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over 57 2/3 innings.
Soriano notches 33rd save of season | 08/24/2013 12:40 AM
NewsRafael Soriano danced around trouble for his 33rd save of the season Friday against the Royals.
ImpactSoriano wasn't expected to be available after pitching the three previous days, but Nationals manager Davey Johnson felt he had no choice after Drew Storen got himself in a jam to begin the ninth. The Nats' closer made things interesting by giving up a two-run single to Justin Maxwell to bring the Royals to within one run, but he was able to retire Emilio Bonifacio and Alcides Escobar to end it. Don't expect to see him in a potential save situation on Saturday.
Rafael Soriano is not available on Friday | 08/23/2013 7:28 PM
NewsRafael Soriano, Tyler Clippard and Craig Stammen are all unavailable for Friday's game against the Royals according to Nationals manager Davey Johnson.
Adam Kilgore on Twitter
ImpactJohnson indicated that if there was a save chance in Friday's game, that Drew Storen would get the call. With Soriano struggling of late, and Storen pitching well since his return from Triple-A, there could be an opening for him to regain the closer's job in Washington.
Soriano hit again, but nails down 32nd save | 08/21/2013 12:25 AM
NewsRafael Soriano allowed another run but recovered to earn his 32nd save of the season against the Cubs on Tuesday.
ImpactSoriano gave up a solo home run to Donnie Murphy, the fourth straight appearance that he's allowed a run, but he struck out two to nail down the save. The Nationals have little to play for so it's unclear whether they'll remove their $14 million man from the closer role, but it'll be tough to justify rolling with Soriano much longer if his troubles persist.
Rafael Soriano coughs up win Thursday | 08/15/2013 7:53 PM
NewsRafael Soriano blew his fifth save of the season by allowing three runs over an inning of work in Thursday's loss to the Giants.
ImpactSoriano had two outs and a two-run lead with Buster Posey at first base, but he then walked Roger Kieschnick and was taken deep by Hector Sanchez to cough up the lead. Though he had converted six straight save chances before Thursday, Soriano would have blown Wednesday's chance if not for a great catch by Denard Span. He holds a 7.84 ERA over his last 13 appearances.
Soriano earns 28th save, Nats beat Brewers | 08/03/2013 10:11 PM
NewsRafael Soriano picked up his 28th save of the season in Saturday's win over the Brewers.
ImpactIt was a clean ninth inning for Soriano, who retired all three batters he faced. The 33-year-old closer has now rattled off four straight scoreless appearances.
Soriano and Krol blow lead against Pirates | 07/25/2013 4:29 PM
NewsRafael Soriano and Ian Krol combined to blow a lead in the ninth inning Thursday in an eventual victory against the Pirates.
ImpactWhile it wasn't a save situation, it certainly had the feel of one for the sinking Nationals. Soriano entered the top of the ninth inning with a 7-3 lead, but he walked back-to-back batters before giving up an RBI double to Jordy Mercer. After he struck out Andrew McCutchen swinging, he allowed an RBI single to Russell Martin before bench coach Randy Knorr (Davey Johnson was ejected earlier in the game) pulled him in favor of Ian Krol. The young left-hander would go on to give up a game-tying single to Josh Harrison, but was able to stop the bleeding before Bryce Harper hit a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to end it.
Soriano earns 25th save of the season | 07/14/2013 5:39 PM
NewsRafael Soriano earned his 25th save of the season Sunday in the Nationals' win over the Marlins.
ImpactSoriano has been great for the Nationals this year -- posting a 2.25 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in the first half -- but he's doing it without missing bats. He struck out zero on Sunday and has whiffed just four over 11 innings since June 20. We aren't sure if Soriano can keep pitching this effectively if he's no longer able to punch out batters consistently, with 29 strikeouts in 40 innings. He currently has the lowest strikeout rate of his career since his rookie season.
Rafael Soriano suffers blown save vs. Marlins | 07/13/2013 11:06 PM
NewsRafael Soriano was handed his fourth blown save of the season, and first since May 21, after surrendering a solo homer to Giancarlo Stanton in the ninth inning on Saturday.
ImpactTasked with protecting a 1-0 lead, Soriano got ahead of Stanton 1-2 before surrendering the game-tying blast. He did manage to retire the next three hitters in order, but the damage had been done. Despite his low strikeout rate, Soriano should still have plenty of job security.
Soriano has lowest K/9 rate of his career | 07/12/2013 8:22 PM
NewsRafael Soriano currently has the lowest strikeout rate of his career since his rookie season.
ImpactSoriano is striking out 6.63 batters per nine innings, slightly above the 6.09 he whiffed per game as a rookie starter for the Mariners in 2002. As a point of reference, Soriano is striking out roughly half as many batters per inning than he did as an All-Star with the Braves in 2009. Fortunately, the decrease hasn't affected Soriano's performance whatsoever in 2013, as he's posted a 2.13 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 38 appearances for the Nationals. Soriano has produced as expected in Washington, but his margin for error is currently as small as it's ever been in his career.
Soriano earns 22nd save, Nats beat Brewers | 07/04/2013 3:19 PM
NewsRafael Soriano earned his 22nd save of the season Thursday in the Nationals' win over the Brewers.
ImpactSoriano allowed a one-out single to Norichika Aoki and then walked Jean Segura, but he struck out Aramis Ramirez and got Jonathan Lucroy to pop out to end the threat. Soriano has a 2.31 ERA and 28/8 K/BB ratio in 35 innings this season. He's 22-for-25 in save chances.
Soriano earns 21st save against Diamondbacks | 06/26/2013 9:36 PM
NewsRafael Soriano notched his 21st save of the year against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
ImpactSoriano hasn't blown a save since May 21, and he's now got a 2.45 ERA for the year. His 21 saves tie him with Edward Mujica for third in the National League, behind only Jason Grilli and Craig Kimbrel.
Rafael Soriano records 17th save | 06/13/2013 6:48 PM
NewsRafael Soriano gave up a run on two hits but still nailed down his 17th save in Thursday's win over the Rockies.
ImpactSoriano allowed a one-out single to Nolan Arenado, who came home on a Todd Helton single. He was able to close out the threat by getting Jonathan Herrera to pop out to end it. It's just the fifth time in 27 appearances this season that Soriano has allowed an earned run.
Rafael Soriano earns 13th save | 05/22/2013 7:26 PM
NewsRafael Soriano bounced back from Tuesday's blown save to pitch a scoreless inning for his 13th save Wednesday against the Giants.
ImpactSoriano's four-year old caught Marco Scutaro's fly to deep left to end the game. It was Soriano's first save since May 9. He had a loss and two blown saves since.
Rafael Soriano blows third save | 05/22/2013 1:35 AM
NewsRafael Soriano took his third blown save after giving up a run in the ninth against the Giants on Tuesday.
ImpactSoriano also took a blown save on Friday, but that was aided by a Ryan Zimmerman throwing error and he ended up notching the win in the 10th. Soriano still has nothing to worry about as far as job security -- he's more trustworthy than Drew Storen right now -- but the Nationals can't afford to continue being let down by their pen when their offense has been so poor.
Soriano picks up 11th save in win over Tigers | 05/08/2013 11:47 PM
NewsRafael Soriano worked a perfect ninth inning to earn his 11th save of the season Wednesday.
ImpactThere are a lot of cloudy closer situations around the league, but Washington isn't one of them. Soriano has blown just one save in 12 chances, and he has a 2.40 ERA after Wednesday's game. The right-hander is one of the safest saves options going these days.
Soriano gets 10th save, Nats beat Pirates | 05/04/2013 7:14 PM
NewsRafael Soriano notched his 10th save of the year Saturday in the Nationals' 5-4 win over the Pirates.
ImpactSoriano needed only 12 pitches. He has a 2.77 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 12/3 K/BB ratio in 13 innings this year.
Soriano gets eighth save in win over Braves | 05/01/2013 9:34 PM
NewsRafael Soriano recorded his eighth save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Braves on Wednesday.
ImpactSoriano avoided the meat of the Braves' order Wednesday, but not all saves are created equal. They do, however, all count the same, and the right-hander has blown just one of nine opportunities so far. After a rough patch in early April, Soriano has rebounded to post seven straight appearances without allowing a run.
Rafael Soriano unavailable Monday | 04/22/2013 4:28 PM
NewsRafael Soriano is unavailable for Monday's game following the birth of his child.
James Wagner on Twitter
ImpactHe's only expected to miss one game, so the Nationals will not make a roster move. Drew Storen will be used if a save opportunity presents itself Monday.
Soriano collects sixth save in win over Mets | 04/20/2013 6:34 PM
NewsRafael Soriano earned his sixth save of the season Saturday in the Nationals' defeat of the Mets.
ImpactSoriano allowed a walk but was otherwise perfect in closing out the Nationals' victory. He has not allowed a run in four straight relief appearances and should remain a top fantasy closer throughout the 2013 season.
Rafael Soriano notches fifth save | 04/11/2013 10:44 PM
NewsRafael Soriano picked up his fifth save with a scoreless ninth versus the White Sox on Thursday.
ImpactSoriano has been shaky, but he's 5-for-6 saving games and he's pitched scoreless innings in four of his six trips to the mound. Now that he's pitched three days in a row, he probably is due Friday off. Drew Storen could close tomorrow in his place.
Nationals closer Soriano has 'tweak' in leg | 04/10/2013 5:11 PM
NewsNationals pitching coach Steve McCatty said Wednesday that Rafael Soriano has a "little tweak in his leg."
Bill Ladson on Twitter
ImpactThat might help explain why Soriano has had such trouble in his last two relief appearances. It's not believed to be a serious injury, but the 33-year-old right-hander may be given a few days off. Which is even more reason to go grab Nationals setup man Drew Storen.
Rafael Soriano converts shaky save | 04/09/2013 11:16 PM
NewsRafael Soriano nailed down a save in nail-biting fashion Tuesday, allowing a two-run homer before getting a flyout to end the game.
ImpactAlex Rios got to Soriano with a two-out blast, but Paul Konerko flew out harmlessly to center field to seal the Nationals' win. The Nats' closer has now allowed two runs in two straight games, blowing one save and nearly blowing a second. He has some leash, but Washington has a good alternative in Drew Storen should Soriano continue to falter.
Soriano secures second save of 2013 season | 04/03/2013 10:58 PM
NewsRafael Soriano moved to 2-for-2 in save opportunities in Wednesday night's win over the Marlins.
ImpactIt wasn't without some trepidation, as the tying run came to the plate following a single and a walk. But the 33-year-old reliever got the last two batters to secure the win. The Nationals have plenty of other options available to close games should Soriano falter, but the job isn't going to anyone else any time soon.
Soriano picks up first save, Nats beat Fish | 04/01/2013 3:30 PM
NewsRafael Soriano tossed a scoreless ninth inning Monday against the Marlins to earn his first save of 2013.
ImpactSoriano set 'em down in order, picking up two strikeouts. He posted an exceptional 2.26 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 69/24 K/BB ratio across 67 2/3 innings last season for the Yankees and should be an elite fantasy closer this summer on a very good Nationals team.
Rafael Soriano to pitch in minors game Sat. | 03/22/2013 4:33 PM
NewsRafael Soriano (root canal) will pitch in a minor league game Saturday.
Adam Kilgore on Twitter
ImpactSoriano had a root canal Thursday afternoon, but was originally expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Saturday. However, he's not back to 100 percent quite yet, so the Nationals are going to ease him back into things against lesser competition.
Rafael Soriano undergoes root canal | 03/21/2013 4:07 PM
NewsRafael Soriano had a root canal Thursday afternoon in Florida.
Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
ImpactNationals manager Davey Johnson believes that he will be ready to pitch Friday, as scheduled. It will not have an impact on his availability for Opening Day.
Soriano may need wisdom tooth surgery | 03/20/2013 11:23 AM
NewsRafael Soriano may need surgery for an infected wisdom tooth.
Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
ImpactSoriano traveled to his native Dominican Republic on Tuesday, but it was unrelated to his tooth. Surgery wouldn't affect his availability for the season, but the Nationals would like him to get it taken care of as soon as possible.
Rafael Soriano gives up four runs | 03/18/2013 4:17 PM
NewsRafael Soriano was tagged for four runs in two-thirds of an inning by the Tigers on Monday.
ImpactOf course, agent Scott Boras pitched Soriano to the Tigers several times before Soriano eventually ended up with the Nationals. Soriano's velocity isn't quite there yet after he was a late arrival to Nationals camp. Maybe it will come soon.
Rafael Soriano throws first live BP session | 02/27/2013 4:22 PM
NewsRafael Soriano threw live batting practice for the first time Wednesday.
ImpactSoriano was a late arrival to camp due to problems obtaining his visa. He could be cleared for games this week depending on how he responds Thursday. The Nationals are expected to limit Soriano to eight appearances in spring training.
Soriano officially reports to camp Saturday | 02/16/2013 10:34 AM
NewsRafael Soriano reported to Nationals' camp Saturday.
Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
ImpactSoriano obtained his work visa and wound up missing just a few days. The 33-year-old right-hander signed a two-year, $28 million contract this offseason and will open 2013 as the Nationals' closer.
Rafael Soriano obtains visa | 02/15/2013 12:17 PM
NewsRafael Soriano has obtained his work visa and will report to Nationals' camp Friday.
Adam Kilgore on Twitter
ImpactHe wound up missing just a few days, so no harm done. Soriano inked a two-year, $28 million free agent contract with the Nationals this offseason and will serve as the team's ninth-inning man in 2013.
Rafael Soriano not in Nats camp due to visa | 02/14/2013 11:39 AM
NewsRafael Soriano has not yet reported to Nationals camp in Viera, Florida because of a visa issue.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactThat's the word from Soriano's agent, Scott Boras, via FOX Sports' Jon Morosi. Soriano should be able to get the problem resolved within the next couple of days. The 33-year-old right-hander inked a two-year, $28 million free agent contract with the Nationals this offseason and will serve as the team's closer in 2013.
Rafael Soriano not spotted at Nationals camp | 02/14/2013 11:00 AM
NewsRafael Soriano is absent from Nationals camp.
ImpactIt's not clear whether it's an excused absence because Nationals officials aren't answering questions about the matter. The official report day for pitchers and catchers was Tuesday and physicals were scheduled to happen Wednesday afternoon. Soriano, who signed a two-year, $28 million free agent contract with Washington back in mid-January, has not been spotted anywhere in Florida.
Rafael Soriano will close for Nationals | 01/18/2013 10:53 AM
NewsNationals general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed Thursday during Rafael Soriano's introductory press conference that Soriano would be the team's closer in 2013.
Impact"Suffice it to say, Raffy is here to pitch the ninth inning," Rizzo said. There was little doubt given the amount of money the Nats gave Soriano, but there was a need to make it official since the team has two others on the roster in Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard that are capable of closing. Rizzo isn't worried about how Storen and Clippard will react to being used as setup men. "I'm certainly not worried about Clip or Drew," Rizzo said. "They're consummate professionals."
Nationals finalize contract with RHP Soriano | 01/17/2013 5:59 PM
NewsNationals signed RHP Rafael Soriano to a two-year, $28 million contract.
ImpactThe deal includes a vesting option for a third year which kicks in if he reaches 120 games finished between 2013 and 2014. Soriano will be paid $7 million in each of the next two seasons while he'll receive $14 million in deferred payments starting in 2018. He's expected to move into the closer role for the defending NL East champs, which immediately makes him a top-10 option in fantasy leagues. Meanwhile, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard will serve as a bridge in the late innings.
Soriano gets just $7M in 2013 and 2014 | 01/15/2013 7:10 PM
NewsESPN's Jim Bowden reports that Rafael Soriano's contract with the Nationals will pay him $7 million in 2013 and 2014, with $14 million in deferred payments that start in 2018.
Jim Bowden on Twitter
ImpactWith the contract spread out so much, the Nats will actually "only" be paying Soriano an average of $11.8 million per season. The deal also includes a $14 million option for a third year that will vest if Soriano reaches 120 games finished between 2013 and 2014. The Nats haven't commented on the deal because it's not official yet, but Soriano presumably will slide into the closer role, with Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard setting up.
Nats, Soriano agree to two-year, $28M deal | 01/15/2013 3:17 PM
NewsJeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Nationals and Rafael Soriano have agreed to a two-year, $28 million contract.
Jeff Passan on Twitter
Dodgers 'looking into' signing Rafael Soriano | 01/14/2013 7:31 PM
NewsESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Dodgers are "looking into" signing free agent reliever Rafael Soriano.
Buster Olney on Twitter
ImpactBrandon League is the front-runner to open the season as the Dodgers' closer, but the addition of Soriano would presumably push him into a set-up role. Olney speculates that there's about a "20 percent" chance that a deal gets done, so the scenario is a longshot. Signing Soriano would cost the Dodgers their first-round pick in 2013.
Boras approached Yanks about Soriano | 01/07/2013 5:34 PM
NewsBob Klapisch of the Bergen Record was told by a source that Scott Boras approached the Yankees last month about whether they would consider bringing Rafael Soriano back on a one-year deal.
Bob Klapisch on Twitter
ImpactThe request was "flatly denied," according to Klapisch. Soriano opted out of his $14 million option and then turned down a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer to test free agency, so the Yankees are focused on getting the draft pick (and the additional draft pool money) when he signs elsewhere. Of course, that he is tied to draft pick compensation isn't doing him any favors on the open market.
Rafael Soriano return with Yankees 'unlikely' | 01/06/2013 11:05 PM
NewsAnthony Rieber of Newsday writes that Rafael Soriano is "unlikely" to return to the Yankees.
ImpactThat's been the assumption all along, but with Mariano Rivera (knee) on track to be medically cleared for spring training, the Yankees won't be making any additions to their bullpen. After posting a 2.26 ERA and 42 saves in 2012, Soriano has struggled to attract interest in free agency and is linked to draft pick compensation. He may ultimately have to settle for a one-year deal.
|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Relief)||1.0||61 times-last: vs. SF||last: Oct 4||1.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||3||2 times-last: at Phi||last: Jul 12||2|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Wins||3||4 times-last: 2013 (Wsh)|
|Innings Pitched||75.2||2009 (Atl)|
|Games Started||8||2002 (Sea)|
|Hits Allowed||65||2013 (Wsh)|
|Runs Allowed||26||2007 (Atl)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||25||2009 (Atl)|
|Home Runs Allowed||12||2007 (Atl)|
|Earned Run Average||1.53*||2003 (Sea)|