The Braves thought free agent reliever Rafael SorianoÆs agent Peter Greenberg was bluffing over the weekend when he claimed his client was seriously considering accepting AtlantaÆs arbitration offer by MondayÆs midnight deadline. Turns out he wasnÆt. Soriano chose to take arbitration and return to the Braves on a one-year deal that could net him between $7 and $8 million in 2010. The decision to accept a one-year, non-guaranteed arbitration offer over exploring free agent offers that could have landed Soriano a multi-year deal came as quite the surprise to Atlanta. The Braves were almost certain that Soriano, along with Mike Gonzalez, two of the highest ranked free agent relievers, would decline the teamÆs arbitration offers, and as a result the Braves would receive two compensa ...
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