Could the Dodgers have really signed Brandon League to set up its new closer — Rafael Soriano?
ESPN’s Jim Bowden speculates that the Dodgers should not be counted out when surmising a possible landing spot for the free agent closer.
Soriano, 33 on Dec. 19, was 2-1 with a 2.26 ERA, notching 42 saves in 46 opportunities.
He could join a bullpen that includes League, Kenley Jansen, and Ronald Belisario to easily form the league’s most fearsome quartet of closers.
Given the flood of available closers, Soriano might not be able to afford being picky, and might very well consider the Dodgers as a future destination.
His FIP of 3.32 suggests that his ERA was a tad generous, and Fan Graphs’ projection of $5.5 million tells that the $11 million he made in New York might be a little much.
However, the Dodgers are paying up, and free agents are listening.
After all, Soriano opted out of a guaranteed $14 million contract with the Yankees in hopes of landing a multi-year deal, and obviously, to continue closing.