The deal that sent Atlanta Braves closer Rafael Soriano to the Tampa Bay Rays for reliever Jesse Chavez is now official. The Braves were forced to deal Soriano after he accepted arbitration and would have cost the Braves too much money next year. In return they get a serviceable bullpen arm. Here is what Frank Wren had to say about Chavez:
"We are excited to add another power arm to the middle of our bullpen," Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager Frank Wren said.
I think they're just excited to get rid of Soriano after he surprised them by accepting arbitration.
The Atlanta bullpen now looks like this: Billy Wagner slots as the closer, with Takashi Saito setting him up. Peter Moylan and Kris Medlen will be the early innings guys from the right side with Eric O'Flaherty serving as the early innings LOOGY. Jesse Chavez slots as the sixth guy in the pen with one open slot to be determined in spring training. That's a pretty solid pen and one that the Braves can be proud of and hopefully have confidence in.