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Report: Dodgers “looking into” signing Rafael Soriano

Jan 14, 2013, 8:06 PM EST

The market for free agent reliever Rafael Soriano has been pretty weak this winter, mostly because of the draft pick compensation tied to him after he opted out of his contract with the Yankees and then rejected a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer. However, the deep-pocketed Dodgers could come to the rescue.

“20 percent chance” isn’t much, but it’s higher than anything else we’ve heard with Soriano lately. It’s worth noting that if the Dodgers were to sign him, they would have to surrender their first-round pick for 2013. Zack Greinke didn’t cost the Dodgers a draft pick because the Angels acquired him midseason last year and thus were not permitted to make him a qualifying offer before he hit free agency.

Soriano, 33, posted a 2.26 ERA and 69/24 K/BB ratio over 67 2/3 innings with the Yankees in 2012 and went 42-for-46 in save chances while filling in for the injured Mariano Rivera. The Dodgers currently plan to go into the season with Brandon League as their closer.

  1. rayderray - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Coming from a Dodger fan… At least we’ll be able to have a baseball player museum to go along with the stadium renovations!

    • paperlions - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      Don’t the Dodgers already have a museum…in Citi Field?

      • Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        that, friend, is spot on.

  2. pisano - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    This team is going to make the Yankees look like cheapskates the way they spend.

    • cackalackyank - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      Yes they will, until they do it for enough years and hit the 50% penalty rate like the Yankees are trying to avoid for 2014.

    • pinkfloydprism - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      As a Red Sox fan, I never thought that I would despise any team more than the Yankees… that was until last season when the Dodgers got purchased.

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    wow…if they have a payroll of 250 or 270 million that’s insane! coming from a Yankee fan ill tell you its odd as hell

  4. onelildude - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    I’m all for the spending, but they still need to build there farm system. A 1st rounder for him isn’t worth it

  5. kappy32 - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Why not? They’ve signed or traded for just about everyone else. The sad thing is that despite the bloated payroll – that WILL come back to bite them regardless of what they say – they are still a good distance behind the Giants in the NL West. Throughout their roster, the Giants are filled with underachievers & underachieving superstars are the death knell for a baseball team. Just ask the 2008-2011 Mets.

  6. paperlions - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Honestly, this is on Boras. Very few teams think any reliever is worth $13M+/year anymore….and nearly every team that is willing to spend that for 60-something innings of relief already has a guy they are paying that much. The market for expensive closers has been tiny for years as most teams realize it isn’t that hard to find one within your organization. Boras has to know this, considering how few teams are ever interested in any of his expensive relief pitchers.

    • hetchinspete1 - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      The insanity of free agency is my hometown Red Sox picking up over the hill cast offs, paying $13.3 mil and a proven player like Soriano can’t get his asking price. I’m not saying he’s worth his asking but with a weak free agent market the Sox way over paid for their signings.
      Hetch

  7. mojosmagic - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    When an over paid bum becomes available the Dodgers are there to scoop him up and pay him. LA must be hell bent on ruining baseball.

  8. jrbdmb - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    That must be one helluva TV contract the Dodgers have lined up … but are they really trying to spend it all in one year?

    The worst thing about the luxury tax is that some of that is going right into Scrooge McLoria’s pocket.

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