I think this is a great deal, but then if I were running the Braves I would have been tempted to non-tender Horacio if I couldn’t deal him. Not that Horacio is actually a bad pitcher; he’s not good but he has value. But he made $2.2 million last year and is about to get expensive in his second arbitration year, and the Braves can’t compete if they’re going to pay $3.5 million (I’m guesstimating) for an ordinary pitcher whom you can’t rely upon.
Rafael Soriano is not “solid”; I don’t know where DOB got that from. He’s the opposite of solid — fluid, I guess. He’s been a great pitcher (2.89 ERA) when he’s been in the majors and healthy. He had Tommy John surgery in 2004 and was hit on the head with a line drive, suffering a concussion, in August of last year. Sucker can pitch, has averaged more than a strikeout per inning for his career and for last season, and is the closer of the future for the Braves, assuming they don’t trade for Gonzalez. (DOB says in the article that the LaRoche/Gonzalez trade is off.)