The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking into the possibility of signing Rafael Soriano, reports Buster Olney of ESPN. Olney goes on to say that it is still probably a longshot that the two sides get a deal done.
Soriano, 32, was 2-1 with a 2.26 ERA and 42 saves last season with the New York Yankees. The right-hander replaced Mariano Rivera as closer on May 3rd after the all-time saves leader tore his ACL shagging fly balls during batting practice and missed the rest of the season.
Soriano is 15-24 with a 2.78 ERA and 132 saves in 11 big-league seasons. He was 3-2 with a 1.73 ERA and a league-leading 45 saves in 2010 for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Soriano, a client of Scott Boras, opted out of his contract after the season. He was then given a qualifying offer of $13.3 million but rejected it and has been searching for a multi-year contract. The fact that it will cost any team that signs him a draft pick has kept interest in Soriano down.