One last untuck: Soriano now an ex-Yankee
Rafael Soriano is now an ex-Yankee. The right-handed reliever has landed a two-year, $28 million deal with the Washington Nationals, pending the completion of a physical, MLB.com has confirmed.
The deal also includes a $15 million option for the 2015 season that will vest if Soriano finishes 120 games over the next two seasons. It turns out that Scott Boras, a master of January deals in years past, probably knew what he was doing all along with Soriano.
It was generally accepted that Soriano and the Yankees would be parting ways after he opted out of his contract in November, forfeiting the final year of his deal and accepting a $1.5 million buyout instead of the $14 million salary he would have been due.
The Yankees made Soriano a qualifying offer of one year and $13.3 million, which he also rejected, so New York will pick up Draft compensation for Washington’s signing. There were reports that the Yankees didn’t even consider bringing Soriano back on a one-year basis, since they’d much prefer having that pick.
Soriano and the Yankees won’t have to wait too long to renew acquaintances; they’ll meet in D.C. on March 29 for an exhibition game at Nationals Park.