Blue Jays Rumors: Should Toronto Target Rafael Soriano?

In order to put them over the top in the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays should sign closer Rafael Soriano to a one-year deal, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.

Soriano's market has fallen and he might be willing to take a one-year “pillow” deal -- a phrase coined by Scott Boras -- at approximately $14 million. To put Soriano in the ninth inning and move Casey Jansenn and Sergio Santos to the seventh and eighth innings would give the Blue Jays one of the best and deepest bullpens in the league.

Soriano’s market has yet to develop after he opted out of his contract with the New York Yankees. The right-hander posted impressive totals as Mariano Rivera’s replacement last season, but he hasn’t found the multi-year deal he’s seeking.

Bowden believes the Blue Jays should sign Soriano to a one-year deal, which would further reinforce their bullpen. Toronto has already added multiple impact players this winter, including Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio, Melky Cabrera and R.A. Dickey, but a majority of the acquisitions have come via trade.

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2 Responses to Blue Jays Rumors: Should Toronto Target Rafael Soriano?

  1. $14m for one season for a closer? Where do Soriano and Boras get there shrooms from?

  2. I would be surprised to see him get that much.


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