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Dodgers looking into Soriano

Rafael Soriano is still looking for a team. Could the Dodgers be a match?


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.

The Dodgers have Brandon League and Kenley Jansen already in place at the back end of their bullpen, but if they can get Soriano for the right price, they may jump.