The news trickled out earlier this afternoon but now the news hose opened all the way up, blasting reports of Rafael Soriano nearing a two-year deal with the Washington Nationals. A move that is surprising to say the least. If you really think about, the move is actually shocking.

This move is shocking in that the Nationals give up their first round draft pick in 2013 (and forsake a chunk of their signing pool money) and also because the Nats have at least two Proven Closers in their mix already. Now they have another back-end reliever – just in case the other two didn’t make them comfortable enough.

This is a team which used Drew Storen as their closer to great effect in 2011. When Storen started 2012 on the shelf, they turned to Tyler Clippard, who was just as good. Of course, all that went out the window when the Nats blew a five-run lead in the final inning of the NLDS, costing themselves a chance to get lumped up by face the Giants in the league championship series.

The Nats were expected to deal for a left-handed reliever, as their ‘pen is righties as far as the eye can see. The Nats are that much better position to acquire that lefty now, perhaps by packaging Storen and the equally superfluous Mike Morse.

Thanks to the incredible riches headed his way, it is easy to lose sight of Rafael Soriano’s dominance over the past four years. His contract suggests the Nats plan on making him the closer, the vesting option suggests they plan on using him A LOT.

The Nats, in case you weren’t convinced, are going for it. All the way. They re-upped with LaRoche and brought in Dan Haren and seem cautious about dealing much of their depth. They might not get career years from Gio Gonzalez and Ian Desmond again but full seasons of Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg plus the addition of Denard Span goes a long way to mitigate those risks.

As always, Boras gets it done. As if there was any doubt.

Comments (12)

  1. Dynasty league managers who own Drew Storen just screamed in frustration.

  2. Scott Boras is often very successful at his job.

  3. Holy shit, holy shit, holy shit. I though we were getting Boone stoopid Logan, and we get this? This is like getting my flight upgraded to first class and then striking out all the other passengers

  4. how can you compare risk without reward? how much is a WS worth to them, versus the cost of solidifying the bullpen and avoiding a repeat of last years performance?

  5. I think that Boras and Washington have what might be called a ‘special relationship’ – you scratch my back, Ill scratch yours.

    Not sure that net net Washington has benefited from this but Boras has (interestingly his clients individually might not have) – he’s just spared some embarrassment

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