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Deal with Nationals makes Soriano top-paid reliever in MLB

The sting from the wrenching, bitter end of the Washington Nationals' first playoff run might have faded for some by the dead of winter, but not, apparently, for the man at the very top of the organization, not for the 87-year-old real estate tycoon who grew up in Washington rooting for the Senators. And so, less than a month before pitchers and catchers report to Viera, Fla., Ted Lerner acted. On Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the situation, the Nationals agreed to terms with free-agent closer Rafael Soriano, a surprising blockbuster addition to a now-stacked bullpen that signals the Nationals' urgency to win a World Series this year. The sides reached a...

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