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Cubs | Rafael Soriano can opt out

Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:03:52 -0700

Updating previous reports, Chicago Cubs RP Rafael Soriano has an opt-out clause on his $4.1 million pro-rated deal. He can leave the organization if he isn't on the major league roster by Tuesday, July 14.

Fantasy Tip: Fantasy owners in deep mixed leagues who are desperate for saves may consider pursuing Soriano, although there is no guarantee that he will be the closer if he gets promoted.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: CBSSports.com - Jon Heyman

Cubs | Rafael Soriano eyeing second-half debut

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:54:34 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Rafael Soriano will remain in the minor leagues until after the All-Star break, according to manager Joe Maddon.

Fantasy Tip: Soriano is nothing more than a desperation stash for saves chasers in deep mixed leagues. It isn't out of the question for any one of Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop or Jason Motte to secure the closer role, and there is no guarantee Soriano even receives a sniff of ninth-inning duty. The Chicago bullpen is very fluid right now, and it is possible Maddon utilizes a committee for the foreseeable future or longer. Seasonal owners shouldn't bank on saves from any one reliever at this point.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: USA TODAY Sports - Bob Nightengale

Cubs | No timetable for Rafael Soriano

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 15:07:42 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Rafael Soriano has no timetable to come up to the major leagues, according to manager Joe Maddon. Soriano will throw in front of team brass in the Dominican Republic before finalizing his deal.

Fantasy Tip: There's no telling when Soriano may be promoted to the big league roster or if he'll even be in serious consideration for a closing role. However, he has prior big-league closing experience and a history with Maddon, so those desperate for an avenue to some saves need to take a chance on him now while he's still available.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Chicago Tribune - Mark Gonzales

Cubs | Rafael Soriano agrees with Cubs

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:06:21 -0700

Updating an earlier report, free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Nationals) agreed with the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, June 9, on a minor league contract.

Fantasy Tip: Soriano could be a front runner to grab the open closer role with the team in the next couple of weeks. If you have the space, grab and stash him.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: CBSSports.com - Jon Heyman

Cubs | Rafael Soriano nearing deal with Cubs

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:47:46 -0700

Free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Nationals) is nearing an agreement with the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, June 9.

Fantasy Tip: The deal is believed to be a minor league deal, and he'll need a few appearances on the farm before he's ready. However, he has to be considered a serious candidate to take over the team's closer role pretty soon. Pick him up if you have the space.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Gordon Wittenmyer

MLB | Several teams eyeing Rafael Soriano

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:56:55 -0700

Free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Nationals) is being pursued by the Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs, and he could sign with a team before he's scheduled to throw for interested teams Thursday, June 11, according to his agent, Alan Nero.

Fantasy Tip: It's unclear what role he'd have with any of those teams, but his best shot at closing games would likely with come with Toronto immediately. If you've run out of other avenues in which to pursue saves, Soriano isn't a bad speculative candidate, since it sounds like he'll definitely land with a team soon.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Nick Cafardo

MLB | Rafael Soriano to audition

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 09:44:27 -0700

Free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Nationals) will have an open throwing session in the Dominican Republic June 11.

Fantasy Tip: Soriano could still figure into a shaky closing situation before the season is up, so keep him on your watch list.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Sportsnet.ca - Shi Davidi

MLB | Rafael Soriano likely to change agents

Sat, 30 May 2015 10:31:04 -0700

Free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Nationals) is expected to cut ties with agent Scott Boras, in an attempt to improve his odds of being signed.

Fantasy Tip: It will be interesting to see if teams who shied away from aggressively pursuing Soriano will reconsider him now. He has been working out in the Dominican Republic as he awaits another opportunity at pitching in the majors and is the best reliever currently available in free agency. Soriano won't have much fantasy value unless he lands with a team where he can close games.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Washington Post - James Wagner

Marlins | Miami not interested in Rafael Soriano

Wed, 13 May 2015 14:19:22 -0700

Free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Nationals) is no longer an option for the Miami Marlins, as they seek to deal with their bullpen problems.

Fantasy Tip: With Steve Cishek demoted to low-leverage situations in earlier innings, A.J. Ramos is expected to see the bulk of the save opportunities, at least to start. Bryan Morris and Mike Dunn could also factor in. Ramos is the one to add immediately if he's available on your league's waiver wire and you're in need of saves. This situation could be messy and aggravating for owners, though.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Miami Herald - Clark Spencer

Marlins | Miami interested in Rafael Soriano

Tue, 12 May 2015 10:22:26 -0700

Free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Nationals) is attracting interest from the Miami Marlins, and there has been talk between his agent, Scott Boras, and the Marlins. Soriano isn't likely to come cheap, though, after he closed 32 of his 39 chances with the Nats in 2014. A trade for a closer is also possible. The Marlins were interested in Milwaukee Brewers RP Francisco Rodriguez, who is perfect in seven save chances with a 1.38 ERA and 0.77 WHIP this year. Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon, who is perfect in six save chances, is another option.

Fantasy Tip: It's not a foregone conclusion that the Fish will sign Soriano, especially if his asking price is too high for their liking, but if you're desperate for saves in a deep mixed or NL-only league, it might not hurt to jump the gun and speculate.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Joe Frisaro