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Nats sign Soriano for 2 years, with half deferred

Posted Jan 22 2013 1:47am
Nats sign Soriano for 2 years, with half deferred louis vuitton official outlet online After giving Rafael Soriano a $28 million, two-year contract filled with deferred payments to be their go-to guy in the ninth inning, the Washington Nationals figure they have three closers now.Soriano, who saved 42 games for the Yankees last season and 45 for the Rays in 2010, joins fellow right-handed relievers Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, who both have 30-plus-save seasons in the majors.''You strengthen a strength,'' Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said at a news conference Thursday, describing the addition of the 33-year-old Soriano to the reigning NL East champions' bullpen.''We feel that we have multiple closers on this club that have the ability to close out games, and one of them is going to close out the seventh, one will close out the eighth and one will finish the game in the ninth,'' Rizzo said. ''We feel pretty good about that.''And Rizzo left no doubt that Soriano will be the top choice.''Suffice it to say,'' the GM said, ''Raffy is here to pitch the ninth inning and he has done it successfully everywhere he has been and we expect him to continue that.''Hours later, word emerged that Storen agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. authentic louis vuitton outlet store The deal also includes $1 million in available performance bonuses for Storen, who was among six extra players eligible for salary arbitration this winter under baseball's new labor deal.Storen had 43 saves in 2011, but missed the first half of last season after an elbow operation in April. He failed to hold a ninth-inning lead against St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series, giving up four runs in a 9-7 loss that ended Washington's season.''Drew Storen is a closer. He's going to be a closer. He's got closer stuff. He's got a closer mentality,'' Rizzo said. ''And by no means (was) the signing of Rafael Soriano ... based on one inning and one game at the end of the season.''Rizzo said he has yet to speak to Storen or Clippard, who saved 32 games in 2012, but pitching coach Steve McCatty did.''I'm certainly not worried about Clip or Drew,'' Rizzo said.A one-time All-Star, Soriano had 42 saves in 46 chances and a 2.26 ERA for the AL East champion Yankees last year while filling in for injured closer Mariano Rivera, who plans to return in 2013 from a knee injury.Soriano decided in October to decline a $14 million option for 2013, taking a $1.5 million buyout from the Yankees and entering free agency instead.''When the opportunity with Washington came about, I thought it was a club that I could help now and obviously help win a World Series,'' Soriano said through a translator.His contract with Washington is worth $14 million in both 2013 and 2014, with half the money each season deferred until $2 million payments are made each Jan. 5 from 2018-24. The deal also includes a $14 million club option for 2015, which becomes guaranteed if Soriano finishes 120 games in 2013 and 2014 combined. Half of the money for that option also would be deferred, increasing the annual 2018-24 payments to $3 million. cheap authentic louis vuitton handbags shop Washington will lose its first-round draft pick in June's amateur draft, while the Yankees will gain an extra pick after the first round as compensation for losing Soriano.''I'm a big believer of building through the draft, but I think a few things were different this year,'' Rizzo said. ''Picking at the end of the draft, like we are this year, we examined the draft pool ... (and) it was a good time for us to forfeit the pick.''Rizzo also spoke about the three-team swap Wednesday in which Washington sent outfielder Michael Morse to Seattle and reacquired pitching prospect A.J. Cole, dealt by the Nationals to Oakland 13 months ago in the trade for Gio Gonzalez. Washington also got minor league pitcher Blake Treinen and a player to be named.''The phone call with Mike was kind of bittersweet,'' Rizzo said. ''He handled it terrifically. ... He told me he appreciated everything we've done for him. I told him we appreciate everything he's done for us. 'Go out, have a good year and make a lot of money.'''TORONTO (AP) -- Jose Reyes was in a hotel room in the Middle East when he received the surprising news: He had been traded from the downsizing Miami Marlins to the bulking-up Toronto Blue Jays. Louis Vuitton Sarah Wallet Monogram Etoile M66556 fake for outlet''I went to Dubai on vacation with my wife,'' Reyes said Thursday in his first public comments about the Nov. 19 deal. ''One day I got up at 6 in the morning and I see all these text messages saying 'You got traded.' That kind of surprised me a little bit. 'I had faith that Dave would make an outstanding hire, and my faith has been rewarded,'' Jaguars owner Shad Khan said. ''Gus Bradley is perfect for our franchise. The energy he will immediately bring is incredible and I am confident the victories will follow.''Bradley will be formally introduced at a news conference Friday morning.''Shad Khan and Dave Caldwell expect to win, and that's what I wanted to hear,'' Bradley said. ''That's why I am coming to Jacksonville - to win a Super Bowl.''His liveliness seems to be a good fit with Caldwell, who oozed confidence during his introduction last week. Caldwell pointed to his ''track record of success,'' adding that he has ''never been a part of a losing team.'' He also openly shot down any chance of bringing in New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow, a bold move in Tebow's hometown.Caldwell came across like the polar opposite of former general manager Gene Smith, who showed little emotion in his four years at the helm.Bradley probably will look equally outgoing compared to former coach Mike Mularkey, who was known for taking a calm and consistent approach to everything - including losing. cheap Louis Vuitton Duomo N60008 discounted Bradley began his NFL coaching career with Tampa Bay as a defensive quality control coach in 2006. He was the Buccaneers' linebackers coach the next two seasons before going to Seattle. Bradley coached in college from 1990-2005, including two stints at his alma mater, North Dakota State, and four years at Fort Lewis College (1992-95).But his rise through the NFL ranks had him on several teams' radar. He also interviewed for the head job in Philadelphia this week.''He's got a brilliant football mind,'' Seahawks coach Peter Carroll said this week. ''He's got a way of reaching people and touching people and getting the best out of them, coaches and players alike. He's got everything that you're looking for.''The Jaguars interviewed defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden before striking a deal with Bradley.Bradley replaces Mularkey, who went 2-14 in his only season in Jacksonville. Mularkey failed to make the team any better in his first season.Khan fired Smith, the architect of the roster since 2009, and charged Caldwell with turning around one of the league's worst franchises. Caldwell's first move was ousting Mularkey, saying the team ''needed a fresh start.''Many believed Caldwell would target close friend and college roommate Greg Roman, San Francisco's offensive coordinator. replica stores Louis Vuitton Galliera PM M56382 Instead, Caldwell and Bradley will team up in hope of getting the Jaguars back to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Jacksonville has missed the postseason 11 times in the last 13 years.No surprise then that Bradley inherits a team that lacks playmakers on both sides of the ball.The Jaguars have running back Maurice Jones-Drew under contract for another year and have young and talented receivers Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts III. But the offensive line was a mess in 2012, adding to the team's quarterback woes.Neither Blaine Gabbert nor Chad Henne proved to be the answer under center.Caldwell said he had ''others in mind'' to compete for the starting job.Defensively, the biggest issue is generating more consistent pass rush.The Jaguars had a league-low 20 sacks this season. Philadelphia Eagles cast-off Jason Babin helped down the stretch, but the Jaguars are likely to use the No. 2 pick in April's NFL draft to find a pass rusher.Bradley's defense had several young stars.Defensive end Bruce Irvin, the 15th overall pick last April, led all rookies with eight sacks. Linebacker Bobby Wagner, a second-round draft pick, ranked second among rookies in tackles with 140 and fourth with three interceptions. Safety Earl Thomas was voted to his second consecutive Pro Bowl, cheap Louis Vuitton Batignolles Vertical M51153 outlet second-year cornerback Richard Sherman led the team with eight interceptions and defensive end Chris Clemons had a career-high 11 1/2 sacks.-''Reyes left the New York Mets as a free agent after the 2011 to sign a $106 million, six-year contracts with the Marlins, who boosted their payroll as they prepared to move into a new retractable-roof ballpark in downtown Miami. But after fading from contention en route to a last-place finish, the Marlins sold off their stars.The move was surprising to Reyes, given a conversation he had just had with owner Jeffrey Loria.''Five days before I got traded I was with the owner of the Miami Marlins and he said he was never going to trade me,'' Reyes recalled.Like his Miami teammates, Reyes didn't have a no-trade provision. Telephone conversations with new teammates and fellow Dominicans Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion soothed any concerns.''After that I said, 'It's a better opportunity with the Blue Jays,''' Reyes said. ''It's all about winning and the team we're going to put on the field is going to be good.''Reyes was dealt with pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and $8.5 million to Toronto for infielders Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, catcher Jeff Mathis, right-handers Henderson Alvarez, and Anthony DeSclafani, left-hander Justin Nicolino and outfielder Jake Marisnick.''He's the type of guy you want to come and see play, he's electric,'' Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos said.
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