Soriano hires Scott Boras as agent
AL saves leader Rafael Soriano has hired mega-agent Scott Boras to represent him as he heads into free agency.
Soriano seemed likely to leave the Rays after this season anyway as they plan to cut their payroll and he will be seeking a long-term, big-dollar deal, and with this move those numbers probably just went up.
"The closer market has not had anybody as a free agent with those kind of seasons and is 30 years old in the market,’’ Boras said, noting how most of the top closers are signed before they get to free agency.
Boras called Soriano's performance "a historic season" - citing the limited number of other closers to have 44 or more saves with an ERA under 2.00 and a 92-percent sucess rate. And, he said, Soriano "is on track to be one of the alltime saves leaders based on what he's doing at this age."
Soriano is playing under a one-year, $7.25-million contract after being acquired, unexpectedly, from the Braves in December. He has been represented by Peter Greenberg.