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Rafael Soriano To Be Moved Soon?

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UPDATE #2:Yep, it's just Jesse Chavez.

UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi tweets that it's righty reliever Jesse Chavez that's coming to Atlanta for Soriano. Now his tweet doesn't say it's only Chavez, but that seems to be implied, and if that's really all Wren can get, I'd be very inclined to just keep Soriano.

The Rafael Soriano rumors have been quite fluid all day, with various teams jumping in and out, but it looks like the three relevant nuggets right now are as follows:

1) The Braves aren't just going to give Soriano away, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. They want a legitimate return, and they don't want to eat salary either. I imagine that in order to have that kind of leverage, Wren would have to be prepared to keep Soriano (sounds unlikely). Still, I like that Wren is driving a hard bargain.

2) The Rays appear to be the frontrunners for Soriano, says Tracy Ringolsby of FOX Sports. Makes sense, as the Rays need a closer. Trying to figure who the Braves might get back from them, though...they do have loads of young pitching. Or could we add prospects (significant ones) and get Carl Crawford?

3) David O'Brien of the AJC is "fairly sure" a trade of Soriano will be complete by the end of the Winter Meetings. And since the festivities shut down quickly after the Rule 5 Draft tomorrow morning, that probably means a trade goes down today. The Braves don't even have a spot open on their 40-man roster right now, so it looks like they'll be sitting out the Rule 5 anyway.


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