Four months after MLB teams began their spring training, former Nationals closer Rafael Soriano has finally found his new home. The Chicago Cubs announced Tuesday they had signed the veteran right-hander to a minor league deal.
Soriano settles for a minor league contract just two years after signing a two-year, $22 million deal with the Nationals to become the highest-paid reliever in baseball. He pitched two season in Washington and held a 3.15 ERA with 75 saves.
Soriano lost his job as closer late in the 2014 season after giving up a career-high seven blown saves. The Nationals then let him walk in the offseason, as he looked elsewhere for closer jobs. Soriano received some interest from teams, but was unable to find a deal all winter.
Soriano, 35, held a 3.19 ERA in 2014 and saved 32 games before losing his job to Drew Storen. The 13-year veteran has a 2.85 career ERA having also spent time with the Yankees, Braves, Rays and Mariners.
The Cubs are one of baseball's surprise teams this season and will hope Soriano can provide a veteran presence to their bullpen once he reaches the majors.