Rafael Soriano, still a free agent, gets rid of agent Scott Boras


Two months into the 2015 regular season, reliever Rafael Soriano is still a free agent. He wants to sign with a team and has dropped agent Scott Boras in an effort to expedite that process, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Soriano, 35, struggled in the second half last season and was booted from the closer’s role by Nationals manager Matt Williams, giving way to Drew Storen. Despite his ouster, Soriano wasn’t all that bad, finishing with a 3.19 ERA, 32 saves, and a 59/19 K/BB ratio in 62 innings. One would think he could be an upgrade for at least one team out there if not as a closer, then simply as bullpen depth.

Phillies sign Drew Storen and Bud Norris to minor league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reported this afternoon that the Phillies signed veteran reliever Drew Storen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. If Storen makes the major league roster, he will earn a $750,000 salary.

Storen, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2017 with the Reds. That year, he posted a 4.45 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 23 walks over 54 2/3 innings. Storen then underwent Tommy John surgery, which cost him the entire 2018 campaign. He inked a minor league deal with the Royals last year but struggled in nine appearances with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, resulting in his being released in June.

Robert Murray reports that the Phillies have also signed pitcher Bud Norris to a minor league contract. The right-hander, who turns 35 years old in March, missed the 2019 season due to a forearm injury. Norris was last seen in the majors in 2018 with the Cardinals, compiling a 3.59 ERA with 67 strikeouts and 21 walks over 57 2/3 innings of relief.

The Phillies had major bullpen problems last year and haven’t otherwise made any new additions so far this offseason. They’re hoping Storen and Norris have a little bit left in the tank.