My feelings regarding the signing of 33 year old reliever Rafael Soriano portrayed in temperature: luke warm. Closer to hot than cold, though..
Soriano can gobble up a ton of innings from the bullpen if needed. How the Nationals make him worth $28 million (and a forfeited 1st round pick) over 2 years with the likes of Clippard, Stammen, and Storen already in the bullpen (all making less than 1/5 of what Soriano will be making this year), I’m not sure. Making him the 2nd highest paid reliever in baseball, behind only Mariano Rivera, tells me he will be the primary closer, however.
He’s had two great years in which he had over 40 saves in his decade long career. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s only 0 runs on 2 hits in his last 5 appearances in the playoffs (7.1 innings) and has shown he can handle the big stage being the everyday closer under the Yankees bright lights.
The fact he is in the bullpen is only beneficial for the Nats for the immediate future, but then you begin to think of other places this $28 million could go, say, next year. Maybe when Ted Lerner said money isn’t an issue, he really meant it.