Per Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, super-agent Scott Boras said that calls on free agent relief pitcher Rafael Soriano are picking up.
Agent Scott Boras said calls on free-agent reliever Rafael Soriano are increasing..
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) April 23, 2015
Soriano, 35, spent the last two seasons with the Washington nationals. In 2014, he posted a solid 3.19 ERA, with an 8.56 K/ over 62 innings pitched. Over the course of his 12 year career — which has seen stints with the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, and most recently the Nationals — Soriano has been a consistent option out of the bullpen, with a 2.85 career ERA.
There’s a long list of teams that could use an extra arm in the bullpen. The Detroit Tigers, who had expressed interest in Soriano over the winter, recently lost closer Joe Nathan for the year due to a torn UCL. Soriano has compiled 307 career saves. He’s spent the last three years primarily a closer with the Yankees and Nationals, and seen success in the role (117 saves to 17 blown saves).
Now that the season is just about a month old, the asking price for Soriano could start to drop, and teams like the Tigers could start to move in. Even at 35, Soriano still has some gas left in the tank to help out the back end of a bullpen.