Reports late on Monday night are that Atlanta Braves' reliever Rafael Soriano has accepted arbitration rather than trying the free agent market this winter. According to various baseball sources, Soriano could earn between $6.5 and $8 million with a one-year deal for 2010; the Braves would need Soriano's consent to trade him before the middle of June. The unexpected retention of Soriano, who saved 27 games in 31 opportunities last year, gives the Braves a suddenly loaded bullpen. Atlanta has already added Takashi Saito and Billy Wagner this winter to bolster the back end of their bullpen. The Braves now have three closers in the pen heading to the final season of manager Bobby Cox's great career. The Braves also extended Tim Hudson earlier this winter, giving the Braves a very deep pitchin ...
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