Oct 4, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Rafael Soriano (29) pitches in the fifteenth inning against the San Francisco Giants in game two of the 2014 NLDS playoff baseball game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Yeah he’s still a free agent. Yeah he struggled in the first half after pitching well in the second half. Maybe the time off will help him regain some of that early season form he had with the Nationals to start last season.
Last year in the first half, Soriano had a 0.97 ERA. In the second half, he blew up to a 6.48 ERA with a 1.60 WHIP. He still struck out 59 in 62 innings, though you’d like it higher it’s not that bad.
Soriano had interest from a few teams over the off-season but didn’t sign.
This is a guy who is looking to re-establish his value and get a nice contract next season. With the season at a point where it’s at, he’s not going to command much to get. This is a coaching staff that knows him already and a place that Soriano knows.
Even though he wants to close, at this point he should just take what he can get and get back to the majors.