Cardinals, Cubs, and Blue Jays interested in Rafael Soriano


Rafael Soriano is scheduled to hold a throwing session for interested teams next week in the Dominican Republic, but Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the free agent reliever could sign before then.

That’s according to Alan Nero, who replaced the fired Scott Boras as Soriano’s agent recently. Cafardo says the teams showing the most interest in Soriano are the Cardinals, Cubs, and Blue Jays.

Soriano has gone unsigned in part because he’s 35 years old and struggled badly down the stretch for the Nationals last season and in part because he (and Boras) held out for big-time money when it just wasn’t there all offseason.

Now that he’s apparently willing to accept a more reasonable offer in the name of simply finding a job for the second half he’d make plenty of sense for a lot of bullpens. Soriano has a 2.85 ERA in 631 career innings, including a 3.19 ERA last season and a sub-3.25 ERA in eight of the past nine years.