Soriano struck out in excess of a batter per inning (9.2 per 9.0 innings), successfully stranded 16 of 19 inherited baserunners and posted a .217 batting average against for the AL East Champs in ‘12.
In 11 big league campaigns with the Yankees, Rays, Braves and Mariners, Soriano is 15-24 with 76 holds, 132 saves and a 2.78 ERA in 453 games/eight starts.
Soriano returns to the NL East, where from 2007-09 he posted 39 saves, 10.5 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and a 2.95 ERA in 162 appearances with the Braves.
Soriano’s career batting average against of .199 ranks second among active pitchers to appear in more than 300 career games (Carlos Marmol, .182). Six times in 11 seasons, he has posted more than a strikeout per inning.
An American League All-Star in 2010 representing the Rays, Soriano has posted at least 40 saves twice in the last three seasons (AL-leading 45 in 2010, 42 in 2012). In Soriano’s first year with the Yankees in 2011, he pitched in front of Rivera and registered 23 holds for the 97-win Yankees.
Soriano is especially devastating on right-handed batters, as he has registered a .169 batting average against and a .280 opponents’ slugging percentage during his career.
Soriano and his clubs have reached the postseason each of the last three years and his resume includes nine games of postseason experience.