Your Reasons For Not Liking The Rafael Soriano Signing Are Invalid

Here to weigh in on the Rafael Soriano signing is Chris Needham from the once-great Nats blog Capitol Punishment.

So the Nats signed Rafael Soriano today. Wait, what? Why’d they need another closer? That’s right, you’ve blacked out Pete Farking Kozma. That’s why. Sorry to bring that up … but sometimes we need to confront our nightmares.

Think through your head all the downsides to this signing. I’ll wait here while you make a list.

Got it? I bet I know what’s on your list.

Money? Ha. Whatever, dude. Team’s loaded. They’re printing money, even with a $120 million payroll. Besides, you told me a few years ago that $50 million in 2007 was necessary to support bigger payrolls when we were winning. Boom. Your argument is invalid.

What number would make you happy? You’d have been OK with $10 per, I bet. What’s $4 million per? Nothing for this team. They probably made that much in Game 5 alone.

I know what else is on your list: draft picks. Yawn. We’re drafting low anyway. Besides, you keep telling me that Mike Rizzo is this amazing savant when it comes to the draft. If he’s half as good as you think he is, and he’s 1/10th as good as he thinks he is, it just means we draft another great player in the second round.

Besides, here’s the list of players drafted at the Nats’ draft slot who went on to have Hall of Fame careers: [NULL SET]. Boom.

What else are you thinking? Poor Drew! His confidence is shaken! Let me console him on Twitter! Oh, get over it. It’s a business fer crissake. If the bum hadn’t crapped away a game last year, he wouldn’t be looking over his shoulder this year.

But what are the benefits?

The bullpen was loaded with solid arms, but did it strike you as a championship bullpen? I dunno. Maybe if you think that Ryan Mattheus and Tyler “Shredded Elbow” Clippard are the 21st century Stanton/Nelson. (Hint: They’re not). What this does is move everyone down a slot. And when you move everyone down a slot, eventually someone drops out the bottom.

Three words: No more H-Rod. He’s gotta be the one getting bumped.

Would you trade Soriano for H-Rod? Yep. Name your price. I bet it’s like $14 million per year you’re imagining too.

The Nats are in position to win this year. (They were in a position to win last year, too, but their bum closer killed ‘em.) And they made a move that increases their odds of winning this year.

So where’s that downside again?

16 thoughts on “Your Reasons For Not Liking The Rafael Soriano Signing Are Invalid”

  1. STL had a better pen and that cost the Nats that series. I like power arms. I like lots of power arms with some experience even better.

  2. There’s a difference between going all-in to win and mortgaging the future of the organization. We’re treading perilously close to that line.

    You think H-Rod is the one getting bumped out of the ‘pen? Maybe that’s ok, but it could just as easily be Clippard or Storen. Rafael is an upgrade over either, but at a real cost that can’t just be hand-waved away.

    Rizzo just stiff-armed Adam LaRoche out of a 3-year deal with the argument that we needed to preserve payroll flexibility for our increasingly expensive young core. Does that rationale square with potentially paying Soriano $42M over the next 3 seasons?

    Not a bad signing, per se, but a head-scratcher nonetheless.

  3. This is a great signing. My reasoning. I was there at the very last game that we imploded in against the Cardinals @ Nats Park. Seeing it all unfold, losing that huge lead we had in the beginning…at one point putting in Edwin Jackson to be a reliever. It was unbelievable.

    Our bullpen definitely needed some experience. Storen and the rest of the bullpen were uncharacteristically bad that night. I was really surprised at Storen.

  4. This isn’t a three year, $42M deal. The chances Soriano triggers that 3rd year are slim to none. He’s never finished 60 games yet in his career (his high is 56 in ’10). To think he will do that in back to back seasons is crazy. It’s 2/$28M.

    I think this is a good short term deal that improves the one area that concerned me about this team, assuming they keep every one else.

  5. And who is your lefty arm in the bullpen?? Great 10 righty’s in the pen that sounds like winning baseball to me!

  6. I agree good signing, but if this were a real sc writer he would know we stopped calling Henry “H-Rod.”. By July he was “SMH-Rod”

  7. It just seems that they out bid themselves. There were no other serious suitors in the mix but they apparently were led to believe otherwise (textbook Boras move).

    If you say money ain’t a thing – and it may not be – you’ve still managed to elevate expectations with such a lofty (and drawn out) contract.

  8. ***ThisGuy — It’s a straw man when you’re making arguments that nobody else is making. Considering how a few posts below you, someone says it’s too much money, and costing too many draft picks, your argument, too, in invalid.

    ***NTPNate — There’s a difference between loving your mother gently and ravaging her too. But at some point, you need to pick one or the other. Losing a single, solitary, lone, tiny, piddling little draft pick isn’t mortgaging the future. It’s not even renting the present. It increases our odds of winning this year for a lottery ticket with tiny tiny odds that may pay off in 2020. I like my chances of being dead in 2020, so it’s a good move.

    Besides, if it’s “just as easily” Clippard or Storen, I like Rizzo’s chances of trading for an asset that produces more value than that 29th pick would provide… which would basically negate your concerns over losing that pick. So in that case, you’re arguing the team would be better in the present AND in the future. So a win, no?

    On your ALR point, I don’t think Rizzo once made the argument about payroll flexibility. The argument that others made was you had a good, not great player, who fills a short-term need, so why sign him for longer than you need to when he’s probably going to decline. It wasn’t because he was concerned about Harper’s contract in 2025.

    ***O’saretherealteamblahblah: Hey, don’t knock no lefties in the pen. It worked so well for Lee Mazilli. Remember when he brought in Rodrigo Lopez as his lefty specialist? CASE CLOSED.

    **IllForumla: Bidding against yourself IS Boras’ MO. That’s for sure. But with the news that most of the contract is deferred, the actual value is something more like 2/$22 or 23. That’s downright reasonable.

    Besides, on your expectations point, did yours really change? I mean, I was expecting World Series contender on Monday. On Wednesday, I’m expecting… World Series contender. When you’re at the top, there ain’t much more hill to climb.

  9. i meant the expectations of Soriano, not the team.

    and it’s hard to agree that the Nats are on top coming off a first round playoff loss. that sounds too similar to the way people used to think of the Caps before every season…

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