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A sign and trade deal for Soriano? That's so crazy it just might work!

Dec 8, 2009, 10:20 AM EST

J.C. Bradbury is either on to something here or else he’s engaging in a particularly elaborate form of Braves-fan rationalization. Upshot: maybe Rafael Soriano’s acceptance of arbitration was designed to get him out of Atlanta and into a multi-year deal without his new team having to pay up in compensatory draft picks.

If that’s what’s going on, it’s brilliant. Maybe not 100% kosher in terms of the CBA, but freakin’ brilliant.

  1. Joey B - Dec 8, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    It might work, and in terms of the CBA, it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. As a RS fan, you get concerned that a guy like Wagner might accept arb, costing you $8M for a good player, but one that you might not necessarily need, sucking away $$$ that might be better spent elsewhere.
    If the RS are entitled to a 1st and a comp pick, maybe they settle with Wagner for a slightly higher $$$ number than Atl would want to pay, but accept a prospect woth something less than a #1 draft choice. Atl stays whole on a net basis, Wagent gets slightly more in $$$, the RS get slightly less in terms of prospects, but it provides a guarantee for both Wagner, the RS and Atl.
    I don’t think it work as well for position players, since their value is fairly well-established, but for middle inning/closer types, it might lay the groundwork for a more effective trading valuation process. No one will give an 1st rounder for someone like Betancourt, or Cruz last year, and his previous team doesn’t want to walk away empty handed, so a mechanism for establishing a valuation for FAs that I’d call Type B+ might help everyone.

  2. YANKEES1996 - Dec 8, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    It is an intriguing angle and would violate the CBA, at the end of the day you would have to have the stamp of approval of the spineless Mr. Selig wouldn’t you? I wonder what would be offered to get that signature?

  3. Joey B - Dec 8, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    “It is an intriguing angle and would violate the CBA, at the end of the day you would have to have the stamp of approval of the spineless Mr. Selig wouldn’t you? I wonder what would be offered to get that signature?”
    I thought all that was required to trading him before June 1st was the players’ approval, no???

  4. YANKEES1996 - Dec 8, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    I don’t know exactly, that’s why I was asking if the commish would have to sign off. I thought that once a player had agreed to salary arbitration he was bound by that decision. I cannot remember a player who agreed to salary arbitration and was traded the in same off season.

  5. Andy L - Dec 8, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    I don’t really see a major advantage here. Sure, the team trading for Soriano wouldn’t have to give up a draft pick…but they’d have to give up something! The Braves wouldn’t just give him away, would they? Why is this not being discussed?

  6. Joey B - Dec 8, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    They’d still have to give something up, but presumably it would be something less than the equivalent of a #1 pick.

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