Cubs, Righthander Rafael Soriano Agree to Terms on Minor league Contract

The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano have agreed to terms on a minor league contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Soriano, 35, is 22-28 with 207 saves and a 2.85 ERA (200 ER/630.2 IP) in 585 big league appearances, all but eight in relief, covering 13 seasons with Seattle (2002-06), Atlanta (2007-09), Tampa Bay (2010), the New York Yankees (2011-12) and Washington (2013-14). Over the last three seasons, Soriano has combined to record 117 saves, an average of 39 per season, with a 9-5 record and 2.84 ERA (62 ER/196.1 IP) in 201 relief outings.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound righthander primarily served as a set-up man the first seven seasons of his career before saving 27 games for the Braves in 2009. He recorded a career-high 45 saves and was named an A.L. All-Star for
Joe Maddon's Rays in 2010, his first of three seasons with more than 40 saves. Soriano joined the Yankees in 2011 and recorded 23 holds as a set-up man to Mariano Rivera in 2011 and saved 42 games for the Yankees in 2012. He notched 43 saves in 2013 and 32 saves last year with the Nationals.

Soriano went 4-1 with 32 saves and a 3.19 ERA (22 ER/62.0 IP) in 64 relief appearances for the Nationals in 2014. He has turned in a 3.19 ERA or lower in 10 of his 13 seasons. Soriano is a native of San Jose, Dominican Republic.