Soriano became a free agent after opting out of the last season of a three-year, $35 million contract he signed with the Yankees before the 2011 season. In 2012, Soriano assumed the Yankees' primary closer role after Mariano Rivera tore his ACL. Soriano had a great year, with 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA.
Now the question is whether Soriano will assume closer duties in Washington. Drew Storen, the Nationals' 25-year-old closer, has been excellent as a young reliever, as has setup man Tyler Clippard. Storen missed much of last season, but pitched well down the stretch before imploding in the Nationals' Game 5 loss in the National League Division Series.
Regardless of who is pitching in what inning, the combination of Clippard, Storen and Soriano gives the Nationals a scary backend of the bullpen, though $28 million seems like a lot to pay for the incremental upgrade of signing the 33-year-old Soriano.
The Yankees made it clear they had no interest in signing Soriano after he opted out of his deal and with his signing in Washington, the Yankees will now have two compensation draft picks, one for Soriano and one from Cleveland for the signing of Nick Swisher.
Reactions to the signing across the web have been mixed. What do you think?
I know Storen blew that Game 5 save but was it really necessary to get another closer for that price? (Honestly asking)— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) January 15, 2013
Soriano's really good. But he's making Mariano Rivera money now, which is a little nuts. (Mo's never made more than $15 mil/yr).— Emma Span (@emmaspan) January 15, 2013