Among the always-minute percentage of free agents offered arbitration who actually accept, there are rarely surprises. In general, players accept arbitration offers only once it becomes clear that there is little to no market for their services, or when they hope to increase their value coming off of a down season. That is why it caught many off-guard on Sunday, when Braves relief pitcher Rafael Soriano began hinting he might accept the Braves' offer of arbitration, and why it was even more surprising (if not unexpected) when he actually did accept late Monday night. Fresh off his best season to date (102 strikeouts, 27 walks in 75 2/3 innings, and 27 saves after taking over the full-time closer's role), Soriano drew attention from the Yankees, Orioles, Astros, Phillies and Cubsùat least. ...
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