For the next two years, Rafael Soriano will be untucking his jersey in the nation’s capital.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has reported that Soriano, 33, and the Washington Nationals ¬†have agreed to a two-year-deal worth $28 million, with a possibility of a third year worth $14¬†million¬†should the closer finish 120 games in ’13-’14 combined. If and when the deal becomes official, the Yankees will recieve Washington’s 2013 first-round draft pick, which will be 31st overall.
In the end of a long offseason for Soriano, his agent Scott Boras was able to command a deal that could be worth up to $42 million when all is said and done. The fact that the Yankees are more fiscally conservative in order to get below a payroll of $189 million, coupled with the desire Soriano has to close this year, made his return to the Yankees very unlikely.
In his two years in the Bronx, Soriano was 4-4 with a 2.94 ERA, while closing 44 games, the majority of those (39) coming in 2012 when he filled in for an injured Mariano Rivera.