1/16/13, "Washington Nationals payroll near $140 million with Soriano signing
," Washington Post, Adam Kilgore
"Owner Ted Lerner, one person familiar with the
was heavily involved in bringing Soriano to Washington. Soriano is a
client of high-profile agent Scott Boras, whom the Nationals have worked
with to sign Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Stephen Strasburg, among
others, to lucrative deals.
with the express intent of preventing another pivotal,
The Yankees, Soriano’s team in 2012, gave him a one-year qualifying
offer, which means the Nationals will forfeit their first-round pick —
No. 31 overall — and the bonus pool money attached to the selection.
Soriano’s addition bolsters the back of their bullpen, which
already includes incumbent closer Drew Storen and 2011 all-star set-up
man Tyler Clippard, who saved
32 games last year. It could also allow
the Nationals to trade a reliever from their deep relief corps.
Soriano will presumably enter the 2013 season as the clear-cut top
choice at closer, but there will still be save chances for Storen.
Manager Davey Johnson believes in using an “A” and “B” closer in order
to keep his best relievers healthy over a 162-win season. As the odds-on
favorites to win the World Series, the Nationals should have ample save
opportunities and plenty reason to keep their closer(s) fresh. Still,
Storen and Clippard may have to adjust to lesser roles after dominating
late-inning situations when healthy the past two seasons."