The Washington Nationals and free agent reliever Rafael Soriano have agreed on a two-year, $28 million contract, tweets Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
Soriano, 33, opted out of his contract with the Yankees last season after going 2-1 with a 2.26 ERA and 42 saves in 67 2/3 innings. He should find himself in the closer role with his new team, as his veteran presence should take some pressure of youngsters Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen, and give the Nationals a strong bullpen as they fight to repeat as division champs in the N.L. East.
The contract also includes a vesting option for a third year, if Soriano finishes more than 120 games in 2013 and 2014 combined.