The Blue Jays announced that they have signed right-hander Rafael Soriano. The reliever is represented by Octagon, as shown in the MLBTR Agency Database. Soriano will earn $750K if he makes the major league roster, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets.
Soriano, 36, was said to be pitching well in the Dominican League and drew attention from a few MLB teams. The veteran missed most of the 2015 season, not signing until June and then dealing with shoulder troubles, and the Cubs released him in early September. Prior to that, however, he had two relatively successful seasons as the Nationals’ closer and was terrific in ninth-inning work for the Yankees in 2012.
Soriano has a 2.89 ERA, 9.1 K/9, and 2.8 BB/9 in 14 seasons spent with the Mariners, Braves, Rays, Yankees, Nationals, and Cubs. Prior to the 2015 season, Soriano was drawing interest from the Blue Jays, but ultimately did not sign with them. Now, he’ll try and crack the roster in Toronto for 2016.