While it wasnÆt the return the Braves had hoped for in exchange for parting ways with their hard-throwing set-up man/closer Rafael Soriano, GM Frank Wren struck a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays late Wednesday night. Atlanta will receive right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez in return for Soriano. Chavez was 1-4 with a 4.01 ERA in a team-high 73 appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Pittsburgh traded Chavez to Tampa Bay this November. By offering Soriano arbitration, the Braves had hoped to receive a first-round draft pick as compensation for the right-hander. However, SorianoÆs decision to accept a non-guaranteed, one-year deal over testing the free agent waters in search of a more stable, long-term contract showed clubs were obviously reluctant to part with a high draft pick f ...
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