(CBS) The Cubs have made a notable move in their search for bullpen help.
Chicago has signed right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano to a minor league deal, the team announced Tuesday morning. A 13-year veteran, Soriano has 207 career saves, most recently saving 32 games and compiling a 3.19 ERA for the Nationals in 2014. Soriano had recently worked out for teams in his native Dominican Republic, and the Mariners were reportedly interested as well.READ MORE: Chicago Bears Reportedly Expected To Sign Chiefs Exec Ryan Poles As New GM
Soriano, 35, had 43 saves and a 3.11 ERA for the Nationals in 2013 and had 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA in 2012 for the Yankees. Playing for Cubs manager Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay in 2010, Soriano had one of the best seasons of his career, saving 45 games with a 1.73 ERA.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Wind Chill Advisory Overnight, Wind Chills To Drop Well Below Zero
Soriano has a career 2.85 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
Maddon has mixed and matched in his bullpen recently, with Jason Motte getting a save Sunday and Pedro Strop getting a save Saturday in place of usual closer Hector Rondon, who has a 2.96 ERA. Maddon has indicated he may use Rondon in a different manner moving forward.MORE NEWS: Joliet Township High School District 204 Going Remote Wednesday Due To Extreme Cold
Chicago’s 3.68 bullpen ERA ranks 20th in baseball.