Yesterday, it was reported by Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that the Miami Marlins were “very much engaged” in contract discussions with free agent right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano. While that was true, talks have taken a turn.
The Marlins are no longer considering adding Soriano, as his asking price is too high, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
With Soriano now out of the picture, the team is likely to stay in house to find a replacement for Steve Cishek at the closer spot. Among possible options to replace him are A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn.
Even though Soriano won’t be signing, the Marlins are a good bet to add a relief pitcher at some point over the next couple of weeks, as Rotoworld points out.
For Soriano, he remains on the open market for the time being. With his asking price being higher than teams prefer, he will stay on the free agent market unless he lowers his demands or a team experiences injuries in their bullpen.
Soriano, 35, is a talented pitcher, but struggled in the second half of last season. With his value being so low, he may have to settle for an incentive-laden deal.
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