The Washington Nationals have declined to exercise the options on Adam LaRoche and Rafael Soriano, who become free agents effective immediately.
Three years ago, Drew Storen was the confident, young closer for the Washington Nationals, a first-round draft pick who saved 43 games.
After an electric save by Drew Storen Sunday, let’s take a closer looks at his limited save opportunities in 2014, to better understand if he’s ready to be the Nationals closer again.
It appears Rafael Soriano’s closing days for the Nationals are over.
Nationals manager Matt Williams will use a closer-by-committee approach over the next few days while struggling Rafael Soriano seeks to correct the flaws in his delivery.
Rafael Soriano stood with hands on hips as the ball landed beyond the right-field fence. Game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth. Another blown save. Booed off the field. An ERA of 6.98 since the All-Star break. A closer whose job, according to the manager, is now firmly in jeopardy.
Rafael Soriano still has “plenty of rope” as the Nationals closer, even after earning his sixth blown save, says manager Matt Williams.
We already knew Nationals closer Rafael Soriano has a personal massage therapist, but Monday night we learned he pays for to have those massages travel with him and the club.
Matt Williams will stick with Soriano as the Nats’ closer, continues to mentor Harper on baserunning, and gives injury update on Zimmerman.
Rafael Soriano blew his fifth save of the season for the Nationals Sunday night, and Cal Ripken Jr. says the answer to the increasing liability he presents may be to “back him off” of the closer role a bit.