As expected, Rafael Soriano accepted arbitration from the Atlanta Braves today, which, while not destroying the Braves offseason, putsáa serious crimp in their plans. Soriano has assured himself a nice payday for 2010 (about $8-10 million) and has made himself more attractive to other teams by making sure they won't have to give up draft picks for him. The Braves, on the other hand, will not get the two draft picks Soriano would have brought them had he declined arbitration, and they lose bargaining position in any trade deals because other teams know that the Braves need to move Soriano. The Braves do not have the available cash to pay Soriano to be a seventh or eighth inning man...they just don't. Meanwhile, in the NL Central Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for the Astros one more ...
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