Rafael Soriano’s road to the Cubs moves up to Triple-A

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Rafael Soriano remains in the minors five weeks after signing with the Cubs, but the 34-year-old reliever has been promoted to Triple-A.

Soriano’s deal is worth a prorated share of $4.1 million, plus up to $4 million in incentives based on appearances, so his potential earnings are rapidly vanishing.

Soriano has yet to allow a run over six innings in the minors, striking out seven and walking three while giving up four hits. He struggled down the stretch for the Nationals last season while being stripped of closer duties, but Soriano still finished the year with a 3.19 ERA and has posted a sub-3.25 ERA in eight of the past nine seasons.

If the Cubs have plans to eventually make Soriano the closer they’re sure taking their sweet time with it.