The Washington Nationals have agreed to sign Rafael Soriano to a two year deal worth $28 million. Turns out that turning down the qualifying offer of $13.3 million from the Yankees didn't bite Soriano in the backside after all, as he's not only got a 2nd guaranteed year but a bit more money too.
Personally I'm happy that the Yankees didn't go back on what they've said regarding not bringing back Soriano, as I feel the bullpen looks pretty good without him. And spending that much more money didn't make a whole lot of sense to me, especially when they've had chances to sign other players to fill true holes, but have apparently balked at the asking price.
Since Rafael turned down the Yankees' qualifying offer, and has now signed with another team, the Yanks will receive another draft pick. While the Nationals have to give up the 29th pick in the draft due to this signing, the Yankees will possibly receive the 32nd overall pick.