So the Nationals unveiled Rafael Soriano at Nationals Park today, and Mike Rizzo left no doubt about who will be closing games this year for the Nationals (video above via CSNWashington.com):
"Raffy's here to pitch the ninth inning."
The $28 million was another tipoff. Rizzo went on to say that The Implosion in Game 5 had nothing to do with the decision to sign Soriano. Pffffft!:
"By no means (was) the signing of Rafael Soriano based on one inning and one game at the end of the season. (Storen's) a young closer that was thrust into the closer role as a very young man and a very young major leaguer. We feel that we benefit having Sori on the club. Not only by pitching the ninth inning, but also by mentoring a good young potential young closer in Drew Storen."
(Mike Rizzo, via MASNSports.com, 1/17/2013)
(Screencap via MASNSports.com video)