Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Rafael Soriano could be on his way to Houston

But that's a big Could. David O'Brien writes that Rafael Soriano, who just accepted arbitration, might be on the move.

When Soriano accepted, according to O'Brien, he also said that he would approve a trade to one of the teams that had acknowledged their interest in pursuing him. And the Astros, along with the Yankees, Red Sox, and Orioles are on that list.

Given the big ol' trade that went down, the Yankees might be on the market for mid- to late-inning relief. Braves GM Frank Wren:

"I talked to Raffy's agent last night right after they accepted, about 12:05 [a.m.]. And he reiterated that [Soriano] wants to be pitching in the back end of ballgames and he knows that we've committed that to other people. And he shared with me the list of clubs that were the hottest after him and said if you can make a deal with those clubs to give us an opportunity [to pitch in that sort of role], he's open to that."

MLB.com's Mark Bowman says:
Wren said he doesn't believe it will take long to get a deal done. In fact, he seemed to indicate it could be completed within the next week to 10 days.

What do the Braves want? Bowman says a right-handed bat to upgrade the line-up. I'm looking at the Astros' active roster and I'm coming up with one name: Hunter Pence. (Note: this is pure speculation.) On a scale of 1-10, how livid would you be if this went down?


Peanut said...

Pence for Soriano? No chance. But I like the idea of trading for him at the right price. Depending on how much salary the Astros would have to take on (likely the great majority, if not all), I'd be fine with giving up a decent prospect to get him. He's a damn good pitcher, and he'd likely decline arbitration after this season in the less crowded reliever market.

The Braves are in a position of weakness with Soriano, but Frank Wren is no pushover. He'll find someone to give him fair value for his player (we need look no further than last offseason's failed Peavy deal for evidence: the Padres pushed too hard, so Wren backed off and acquired Javier Vazquez instead)--I hope that team is the Astros. The on-field value of Soriano plus the potential draft picks makes this, in my mind anyway, a deal worth pursuing.

The Constable. said...

I'm with you, but look at the Astros roster. If you were Frank Wren, who would you want to replace one of your top set-up men? Prospects? Name one that could contribute in a way that would fill what the Braves are looking for.

I hope to God it doesn't happen, but think about it from the Braves side.

Jason Cardwell said...

They do have a surplus at the back end of the pen now so hopefully they won't need a Hunter Pence to make the trade. If we do trade Hunter I hope we get more than just Soriano. I would be pretty ticked if not.

Anonymous said...

Hi there, Braves fan here, I want to know what some smart Astros fans thought of the following:

Javier Vasquez + Rafael Soriano = Carlos Lee


OremLK said...

My anger scale would be at 11 if they traded Pence for Soriano.