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Blue Jays sign reliever Rafael Soriano to minor-league contract

The Toronto Blue Jays added more depth to their pitching staff Sunday, signing veteran right-hander Rafael Soriano to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training.

Ex-closer appeared in just 6 games with Cubs in 2015

The Blue Jays have signed former Nationals closer Rafael Soriano to a minor-league contract with an invite to big-league spring training. The 36-year-old Soriano signed with the Chicago Cubs last June and appeared in just six games during the 2015 season, but has posted 40-plus saves on three occasions. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press/File)

The Toronto Blue Jays added more depth to their pitching staff Sunday, signing veteran right-hander Rafael Soriano to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training.

The 36-year-old Soriano signed with the Chicago Cubs last June and appeared in just six games during the 2015 season.

He has posted 40-plus saves on three occasions, including a league-leading 45 for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010.

Soriano has a 24-28 record with a 2.89 earned-run average and 207 saves for six different clubs: Seattle, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees, Washington and Cincinnati.

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