Soriano trade to Rays pending medical clearance

A Major League source has confirmed that once medical clearance is provided, the Braves will be able to officially announce that they have traded Rafael Soriano to the Rays in exchange for right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez. 

Chavez, who struggled down the stretch while making a team-high 73 appearances for the Pirates this past season, might not be deemed as having anything close to the value that the Braves would have received via the draft pick compensation they would have gained had Soriano played nice and rejected their arbitration offer. 

But at the same time, the 26-year-old reliever at least provides a return that Wren wouldn’t have received had he not provided the arbitration offer that Soriano provided on Monday night.

While spending his first full season in the Majors this year, Chavez  Chavez posted a 4.01 ERA, recorded 47 strikeouts, issued 22 walks and allowed opponents to compile a .262 batting average.  

Most of Chavez’s damage was incurred when he posted a 5.10 ERA and allowed opponents a .333 on-base percentage in his final 30 appearances.

The Pirates traded Chavez to the Rays in exchange for Akinori Iwamura on Nov. 3.

Time to get ready for this morning’s Rule 5 Draft.   The Braves 40-man roster is currently full, so they won’t be able to make any selections.  As mentioned yesterday, there has at least been mention that they could lose Erik Cordier via this process.  Edgar Osuna seems to be their only other prospect who could be lost. 

But my guess is that neither of these players are selected this morning.  

UPDATE:

As I was saying, I expected Osuna will go high in this morning’s Rule 5 Draft and while once again showing their love for Braves players, the Royal obliged by taking this 22-year-old soft-tossing left-hander, who combined to go 7-10 with a 4.02 ERA in 27 combined appearances with Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach and Double-A Mississippi this past season.

“We didn’t think he was rated nearly as high as the guys we added to our (40-man) roster,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said.  “We do think he has ability and made progress in the past couple of years.  But we still felt we had other guys we would have protected ahead of him, even guys that we didn’t protect.”

Wren couldn’t comment on the Soriano trade.  An official announcement will likely come this afternoon.  
   

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