Adding Soriano, Nats Magic Number is Now 162
Free agent reliever Rafael Soriano signed a deal with the Nationals for 2 years, for $28 million dollars, with an option for 2015. This is probably the 3rd or 4th biggest piece of news from the Nats during the offseason. The other three were signings of Adam LaRoche and Dan Haren, and the trade for Denard Span. This one was probably the least expected.
Bleacher Report says that Soriano will get the 2015 option if he gets 120 saves in the 2 seasons with DC. I think this is probably going to happen. But the big question is what happens to Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen, who had a lock on the 8th and 9th innings. Is Soriano the new closer, or will he rotate with Storen? Unfortunately, Clippard, who did a great job filling in as closer during most of the season while Drew was rehabbing, probably loses out on the opportunity to close for the Nats in 2013. But you never know– this could be an A, B and C rotation where each will rotate between the set-up and closing roles in a deadly 7th, 8th, and 9th inning combination.
Good choice by the Nats! Now what can we do to prevent Michael Bourn from resigning with the Braves. I want him out of the NL East so the Nats can clinch NLCS on April 1. MAGIC NUMBER IS 162.