Soriano agrees to minor league deal with Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) Free-agent reliever Rafael Soriano has agreed to a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and would get s $4.1 million, one-year deal if added to the major league roster.
A 35-year-old right-hander, Soriano has 207 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 585 major league appearances. His deal, which includes $4 million in performance bonuses, was announced on Tuesday.
The contract could lead to a reunion for Soriano and Joe Maddon, who was the manager in Tampa Bay when the right-hander had 45 saves for the Rays in 2010. Soriano has three seasons with at least 40 saves.
''I need to talk to him, and he'll pitch in front of some of our guys in the Dominican while we finish the paperwork,'' Maddon said before Tuesday's game with the Tigers. ''After that, we'll decide where we need to send him.''
The Cubs began the day with a 3.68 bullpen ERA, good for 20th among the 30 major league teams. Closer Hector Rondon is 3-0 with 10 saves and a 2.96 ERA in 25 games.
Soriano played for Washington last season and went 4-1 with 32 saves and a 3.19 ERA.