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Blue Jays' Rafael Soriano retires from baseball

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Blue Jays' to be reliever Rafael Soriano decided to announce his retirement from baseball Thursday evening.

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

After much deliberation over when Rafael Soriano would arrive at Blue Jays camp this spring, it was announced late Thursday evening that Soriano has decided to retire.

Soriano recently signed with the Blue Jays on a minor league deal in hopes of making his way back to the major leagues, but never reported to camp due to visa issues.

Soriano pitched briefly with the Chicago Cubs last year but was limited to just six appearances with shoulder injuries and was later released by the Cubs.

At 36 years-old, the right-hander's arm had plenty of innings on it, and mostly ran out of bullets at this point. In 14 years he compiled an impressive 636.1 innings pitched to go with a career 2.89 ERA. His best season came in 2010 with the Tampa Bay Rays as he pitched 62.1 innings with a 1.79 ERA, was an all-star and even received votes for the Cy Young and MVP awards.

His breakout season contributed to him becoming a dominant closer in the majors, collecting 40 plus saves twice more in the next three seasons. However, after starting out the 2014 strong in Washington, Soriano faltered with a 6.48 ERA in the second half and essentially fell off the baseball earth. No team took immediate interest in Soriano in 2015, sitting out the majority of the season with shoulder problems.

After the 2015 season it was reported that Soriano was working on a comeback, playing in the Dominican Winter League and had rebuilt his arm into a formidable major league weapon. Numerous MLB teams were intrigued and the Jays became the eventual winners (?) in the Rafael Soriano sweepstakes.

Unfortunately it didn't work out. This would have been a strong low-cost move for the Jays brass that could have paid off in dividends. If he were able to regain even a piece of what his former self, he would have been able to be one more dominant weapon for manager John Gibbons to employ late in games or, at the very least, add some depth to a somewhat thin bullpen.

But it didn't work out. Soriano had a good career and we wish him well.