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Soriano traded to Rays

Written by Joe Lucia on .

I'm getting flashbacks right now. Rafael Soriano has been traded to the Rays for reliever Jesse Chavez, also known as the guy the Rays got for dumping Akinori Iwamura's salary off on Pittsburgh. Joe is not pleased. Now, who in the heck is Jesse Chavez? A little background. He's a 26 year old who made his major league debut in 2008 with the Pirates, and hasn't been very effective at the major league level. He wasn't a total epic failure last season, pitching in 47 1/3 innings and posting a FIP of 4.85. At least its lower than 5.00. Chavez struck out 6.28 per 9, and walked 2.94 per 9. He also allowed a ghastly 1.47 homers per 9. I'm really pissed off about this. This trade was nothing but a salary dump for the Braves. Unless Frank Wren has something huge planned with the $8 million he's saving by not having to pay Soriano (the Rays are picking up the tab for him), this trade is a huge loss. Its not like the Millwood trade from a few years ago, when the Braves picked up Johnny Estrada to fill a hole behind the plate. The Braves get absolutely nothing that immediately helps the team, aside from a guy who could be the 25th man on the roster. Absolutely lovely. And in more horrible news, the Braves lost a player during the Rule 5 draft today: pitcher Edgar Osuna (BH #21). This is a huge loss for the Braves, and a huge get for the (wait for it wait for it...) Royals. I really hope things get turned around this afternoon and the team picks up a major free agent, because this day has not started off well.

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