Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports that the Twins have inquired about watching free agent reliever Rafael Soriano throw.
Soriano, 35, faltered in the closer’s role for the Nationals last season. He was taken out of the role in early September when he allowed runs in three consecutive appearances, the last of which included surrendering a game-tying ninth-inning home run to Phillies light-hitting outfielder Ben Revere. Soriano finished with a 3.16 ERA, 32 saves in 39 opportunities, and a 59/19 K/BB ratio in 62 innings.
The veteran reliever remains unsigned presumably because of his age and declining fastball velocity. The Twins are set with Glen Perkins as their closer, but Soriano could potentially share some late innings with Brian Duensing.