After two long months of waiting, Rafael Soriano has finally found himself a home for the 2015 season. Soriano has agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to a club announcement. Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times was first to report the news.
This deal comes after Soriano last month fired his agent Scott Boras, who was unable to help to him find a new home for 2015. Ever since leaving Boras, Soriano has been on his own and efficiently constructed a minor-league contract that he felt was fair and to his liking.
According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, Soriano will earn a prorated base of $4.1MM which comes with up to $4MM in bonuses, based on how many appearances he makes and how many games he finishes.
Soriano, 35, has spent the past two seasons with the Washington Nationals. He made his major league debut with the Seattle Mariners back in 2002, when he pitched 47.1 innings in ten games with one save.
Soriano made his first appearance on the mound as a Mariner on May 10, 2002, against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field. He was originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1996.
According to a report from Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com, Soriano will stay at the club’s Dominican complex until his first team assignment is set up, which will be at the minor league level where he will spend about a month re-working his stuff. The plan is for him to join the big league squad sometime in early July.
Soriano owns a 2.85 ERA with a record of 22-28 for his career, having pitched in a total of 630.2 innings. Soriano considers this deal his last chance to prove not only to himself, but to the Cubs organization, that he still has plenty left to offer in the back of the bullpen.