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Rafael Soriano has decided to retire from baseball

Rafael Soriano

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Rafael Soriano pauses behind the mound in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Washington. The Nationals won 6-5 in 11 innings. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


James Wagner of the Washington Post is reporting that Blue Jays reliever Rafael Soriano has decided to retire from baseball. Soriano signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays at the end of February, but never arrived to camp in Florida due to a visa issue. He spent last season with the Cubs but appeared in only six games as he was hampered by a shoulder injury.

Soriano, 36, hangs up the spikes having logged 207 saves with a 2.89 ERA and a 641/197 K/BB ratio over 636 1/3 innings spanning parts of 14 seasons. His best season came in 2010 with the Rays, when he led the American League in saves with 45 and compiled a 1.73 ERA.

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