Day 2 recap from Winter Meetings
It’s safe to say that Day 2 of this year’s Winter Meetings have so far proven to be a little more pleasant given the fact that the there was no longer reason to worry about the uncertainty that Rafael Soriano presented.
Shortly after learning of Soriano’s decision to accept arbitration late Monday night, Wren received a phone call from agent Peter Greenberg, who provided clearance to make a trade once it was confirmed that his client would no longer be slotted to serve as one of the primary late-inning relievers in Atlanta.
Wren talked to a number of clubs on Tuesday who have shown interest in Soriano. The Astros and Red Sox are believed to be among the clubs that will show the most interest in the veteran right-handed reliever.
When asked Tuesday evening, Wren said that he didn’t think it would be long before a trade was completed. Heck, the night is young, maybe it will still happen tonight.
There is definitely mutual interest between the Braves and free-agent outfielder Xavier Nady. But Wren and his staff are still attempting to answer any health-related questions regarding Nady, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery.
As time passes, the more it becomes clear that John Lackey may have to sign before the Braves gain a clear picture about whether they’ll be able to satisfy their desire to move Derek Lowe.
Stay tuned. There’s still a chance there could be some action tonight.