INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A person familiar with the deal says the
Atlanta Braves are close to trading reliever Rafael Soriano to the
Tampa Bay Rays for pitcher Jesse Chavez.
The teams were waiting for the medical reports to be approved,
the person told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke
on condition of anonymity because the trade hadn't been finalized.
Soriano had 27 saves last season for Atlanta. This week, he
agreed to the Braves' offer of salary arbitration.
The Braves recently signed free agent relievers Billy Wagner and
Takashi Saito. That made Soriano expendable, and the Rays were
looking for late-inning relief help.