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Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays
For a guy who saved 42 games in 2012 despite not becoming a closer until May, you'd think there'd be more interest in Rafael Soriano out there.
But there's not. At this point, the best hope for Soriano is that a mystery team comes along. Of these, the surest bet is the Toronto Blue Jays.
The main hiccup where Soriano is concerned is that he's yet another player tied to draft pick compensation, and asking a team to surrender a pick just to sign a relief pitcher is asking a lot.
In addition, Soriano is looking for "proven closer" money in a day and age where there's a healthy amount of skepticism about the very idea of a "proven closer."
The Blue Jays could be the team that disregards these concerns because, heck, disregarding concerns is something they've made a habit of this winter. After having gone all-in on so many players, they may be the one team in baseball that couldn't give less of a darn about surrendering a draft pick to sign Soriano.
And the truth is that their bullpen could use an extra able body, particularly one as able as Soriano's. If they sign him, Casey Janssen could return to a setup role and the Jays would have a very strong core of middle relievers in the likes of Sergio Santos, Steve Delabar, Brad Lincoln and Darren Oliver (if he doesn't retire).
With more than $100 million in salaries committed for the 2013 season, the Blue Jays are already in uncharted waters in regards to their payroll. But it's all part of an effort to win now while the Yankees and Red Sox are weak, and signing Soriano would be yet another blow.
The Blue Jays already look like the favorites to win the division. If they get Soriano, it will be official.