Former all-star closer Rafael Soriano has decided to retire, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
From former Nat dept.: hearing Rafael Soriano, who had a minor lg deal with Toronto, is retiring. Last full year in MLB was w/ Nats in '14.
— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) March 18, 2016
Soriano signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays Feb. 28 but never reported to camp due to visa issues.
The 36-year-old right-hander’s last full season in the majors came with the Washington Nationals in 2014, when he posted a 3.19 ERA with 32 saves and 59 strikeouts in 62 innings. He only lasted 5.2 innings after signing with the Chicago Cubs midway through last season before being released.
Soriano was an all-star in 2010 with the Tampa Bay Rays and led the American League in saves with 45. He had a 2.89 ERA and finished with more than 40 saves three times over his 14-year career with the Cubs, Nationals, New York Yankees, Rays, Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners.